I am a native of Los Angeles, California. I attended El Segundo Elementary, Willowbrook Junior High and Centennial High Schools in Compton, California. I graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1980. (UCSB) I earned a single subject secondary teaching credential in Social Studies from the Department of Education at UCSB in 1982. In 1996, I passed the California real estate agent’s exam and joined the Mulhern Realtor Group in Bellflower, California. In 1999, I founded the Eternal Youth Foundation, Inc., (EYF) a not-for-profit educational enrichment program that worked in cooperation with the Compton Unified School District. EYF has served at-risk and underserved students in the city of Compton for more than twenty years. EYF has received numerous awards and recognition for years of service. In 2006, I earned a master’s degree in Christian counseling from International Seminary, in Plymouth, Florida. I am licensed and ordained to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am an accomplished saxophonist, with five albums currently in world-wide distribution. In 2016, I received my real estate broker’s license. On April 1, 2022, Bridges Realty & Investments became a reality. I am now the proprietor of a real estate brokerage. On June 1, 2022, I became a self-published author of my memoir entitled “It’s About Time.” I started writing my memoir in 1978, at the request of a professor whose section I was enrolled in at the university. He believed my story would have a significant impact on youth involved in criminal activities and drug use. Many believe when a teen is convicted of a felony, they get a mark on their record that follows them for the rest of their life, which makes it difficult for them to find employment. I was convicted and incarcerated for numerous felony offenses during my teens and early twenties. But with God’s intervention, I was fortunate to pull my life together and get on a straight and narrow path. I am grateful to be drug and arrest free for more than 35 years. I believe that my life experiences will provide a glimpse of reality for those who have gotten into trouble with the law and or addicted to drugs. I’m not implying that the work will be easy. Nothing in life worth having is ever easy. If it’s worth having then it’s worth putting in the extra effort, no matter the cost. I pray that my memoir will be instrumental in encouraging individuals to continue to press and not give up or give in. Learn how to focus on the long game. More importantly, realize that their future is in their hands and to try to shape the kind of life they will be proud of. With commitment, determination, perseverance, and God’s help, they can turn their life around.