factors led you to decide to attend Hudson County Community College?
a Jersey City native, the affordability and convenience near Journal
Square station led me to decide to attend Hudson County Community
College. Although I enrolled with a preset major in mind, I knew
there was a vast array of programs and majors I could have chosen
is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
favorite memory of college was the simplicity of choosing classes and
networking with friends from diverse backgrounds and skill sets. On a
weekly basis, there was always an event to attend which allowed you
to expand your outlook on different topics. From guest speakers to
social events, the opportunities were endless.
did you become interested in education?
entire life I wanted to become a teacher. I have a strong passion for
teaching others and although I chose to become an entrepreneur and
start my own business, I hope to use the fundamental teaching skills
I learned in HCCC combined with my entrepreneurial background to
inspire and guide young entrepreneurs.
did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
learned the importance of punctuality, how to gather and research
resources to solve a problem, and how to network with others.
is a typical work day for you?
typical day of work is planned out the evening before. I create a
list of all my appointments and tasks that need to be addressed. I
always say “A goal without a plan is just a wish. I spend my day
executing my list and most importantly accomplishing one small goal
each day that moves me forward towards a greater achievement.
has been the most memorable project you have worked on?
after graduating HCCC, I founded “New Bridge Laundry,” which is a
pickup and delivery service in Hudson County. I focused on branding,
customer service and quality consistency; by my second year of
business, I was the most well-known and respected service in my
industry. Shortly after my third year, my company was purchased and
merged with another laundry service just as I took over operations of
“Gold Coast Property Maintenance,” a property maintenance company
and “LocalADshare,” an ad agency for small businesses.
are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some
of my biggest inspirations are my brothers, Steven and John. For us,
every accomplishment is looked at as a stepping stone – a
culmination of previous knowledge which perpetually evolves into
something far more superior than the latter until you’re satisfied.
But an entrepreneur is never satisfied so you just keep going. “If
you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.
advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
would advise that recent graduates of HCCC should apply to all jobs
related to their career. Even a position that may be perceived as low
level can gradually lead to the dream position as long as you
consistently offer the best version of yourself. Remember: those who
do more than they are paid, will soon be paid for more than they do.
advice do you have for those students who are just starting their
your heart and do what YOU love, it’s your life. Don’t make a
mountain out of an ant hill; life isn’t complicated unless you make
it. HCCC helps keep it simple.