Co-Founder of Ahora Inc.
My wife, Samanda, and I founded Ahora Inc. along with other families who have a deep passion for advancing wealth building, self-reliance, and economic mobility. As a 501c3 not-for-profit, Ahora Inc. is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged families to build wealth and advance a culture of saving and investing. Ahora Inc. provides financial education and coaching, and access to money management services to individuals and families who desire to build a better future for themselves.
The Cuatro Project is a nonprofit organization based in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Moca, Puerto Rico. Since 1992, volunteers—including me—have been dedicated to studying, preserving, and promoting the artisan-musical traditions that surround our national instrument, el cuatro. We also focus on the family of musical instruments created since the eighteenth century in the central mountainous region of the island by the Puerto Rican jíbaros. I hold one of the largest collections of Puerto Rican records in the world, and have spent thousands of hours cataloging Puerto Rican traditional music and recordings.
Cofounder of The Cuatro Project
Guitarist and Singer
I’m a lifelong musician, singer, and old soul when it comes to music taste. In high school and college, a guitar was one of my best companions, and I still have a guitar prominently displayed in a main room of my house. It’s not hard to talk me into singing a song . . . or seven. Just ask my wife and boys! As the former lead singer of Grupo Yagua, I sang Puerto Rican aguinaldos to promote traditional Puerto Rican music. Today, I still play and sing regularly to feed my musician’s soul.