My passion in life is finding a way to combine three things that I love–entrepreneurship, travel, and philanthropy–whenever and wherever I can.
I spend much of my time traveling to interesting locales around the world, looking for business opportunities and setting up various entrepreneurial ventures. I started off doing web development and tech consulting for the first few years of my professional journey, then expanded into other fields as my interests grew.
My current line of work is promoting adventure tourism–particularly African wildlife safaris in Tanzania through my company Pamoja Safaris. Back home in Detroit, I co-run a custom WordPress development company with my younger brother called, fittingly, Brothers Design. I also enjoy giving back to others through assisting in various charitable causes, mainly those having to do with education, or clean water and sanitation for developing countries (e.g. through my work with non-profit A Vision For Clean Water).
In my free time I enjoy participating in somewhat ludicrous adventures, such as driving an old car from London to Mongolia to raise money to build a kindergarten, or spending three weeks piloting an auto-rickshaw 3,000 miles through India while raising money to support rainforest conservation.
How I Got Started
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit, along with my younger brother and sister, and lived a comfortable yet largely uneventful life throughout my first eighteen years. I didn’t enjoy school all that much, and spent a lot of time just reading books and playing video games.
Things changed when I was accepted into a year-long work/study program in Japan right out of high school. I proceeded to spend my first year of university overseas–learning Japanese and expanding my worldview–and loved every minute of it.
When I returned home everything just seemed so dull. I wanted nothing more than to just go back to Japan, and spent much of every day daydreaming and scheming of how I could make that happen. One of the main barriers being money, I returned to my old job, selling electronics at one of the big-box retail stores, but I soon realized that things weren’t the same as they had been a year earlier. The environment hadn’t changed much, but I definitely had.
I eventually quit after a few months and started a web development company as a sort of temporary measure until I could find a “real job”. After a few years developing my company, I was making enough to support myself, and quit looking for the “9-to-5” employment that I thought I needed to find.
I would spend the next few years racing through my university degree as quickly as possible, just so I could go back to Japan and rejoin all my friends there. But, by the time I graduated I was already regularly spending two to three months every year overseas, and the business outlook was promising, so I wasn’t about to give everything up for a corporate job–in Japan, or anywhere else for that matter. The money coming in paid the bills and, more importantly, allowed me the freedom to travel whenever and wherever I wanted as long as I had my laptop and an Internet connection.
By 2009 I was spending upwards of half the year overseas, and my travels only increased from then till the present day (currently averaging around ten months of every year outside of the U.S.).
So, Now What?
Nowadays it’s more than travel for travel’s sake–I’m spending ever more time on my businesses, and on charitable projects, both in Detroit and abroad. My primary focus now is growing my companies, as well as assisting others achieve success through their various endeavors.
The goal? To create successful businesses; to have a meaningful, happy life; and to create lasting, positive change in the world through whatever opportunities and resources come my way.