As a child I learned the value of mentorship and giving back. I realize that I am in a unique position to affect my community in positive ways. My Mother instilled certain values in me that were strengthened during my days at Eckerd College where I learned the value of servant leadership. Sri Sathya Sai once said, "serve the community and the community will serve you. Expoloit it and it will exterminate you." I took those words to heart and 10 years later I have a thriving financial practice. I am greatful for a community that has embraced my strengths and looked beyond my weaknesses. Although, I am not from the city of Sarasota. I have been embraced like a son. I will continue to use my influence, resources and especially my time to helping the youth and other individuals in my community.