Owner, Anytime Fitness East Cobb
THE STORY: Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, I migrated to New York after graduating from high school. I discovered my interest in business, specifically accounting as a high school student, and with the support of one of my favorite teachers, made the commitment in those early years to pursue accounting as a profession. I was blessed to earn an academic and track & field scholarship to attend The University of Southern Mississippi where I graduated with an Accounting degree. I later relocated to Smyrna to continue my career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Big 4 Public Accounting Firm and have since transitioned to work for Fortune 500 companies.
I am one of three individuals selected by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to inspire more minorities to pursue the field of Accounting through the “Real CPAs” program. Giving back is dear to my heart so I serve on two non-profit boards, The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) and The R.I.S.E. Schools in East Point. I am thankful for the foundation of my mother’s prayers, my wife, family, friends, and church — House of Hope Atlanta. The discipline of track & field has always been a cornerstone of my life that has both prepared and kept me focused on achieving non-sport-related goals. I am forever indebted to the platforms that the sport has given me over the years, including today as the “Freeze” with RaceTrac’s Beat the Freeze race event in partnership with the Atlanta Braves.
WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: I made Cobb my permanent home for several reasons; proximity to the airport, the city, access to parks, great schools, amazing restaurants, and the growing diversity and culture of people. WHAT DO YOU LOVE
MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? The common theme among my areas of work is centered on people. I have a passion for working with others, knowledge sharing, and hopefully inspiring them along the way to make healthy living a lifestyle. I also enjoy teamwork, setting goals and working to exceed them, and problem solving.
LEISURE TIME: I really enjoy spending quality time with my family, mother, sisters, and friends. I also enjoy traveling, dining, and competing with USA Track & Field Masters.
BEST ADVICE: Begin living your dreams today and celebrate moments along the journey of life. Tomorrow is not promised; so live life to the fullest and realize that the dream is really within the journey and process of achieving your goals. Along the way, express love, value time, nurture relationships, express gratitude, give back, make time for the things that you enjoy most, and be committed to a lifestyle of physical fitness.
WHAT’S NEXT? I whole heartedly believe that my journey over the years has always divinely prepared and positioned me for whatever was next during that season. So, while I am unsure as to what exactly is next, I believe that I will be ready to embrace the next opportunity and challenge, continue to grow personally and professionally, and inspire others to live healthy through exercise.
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