I was born in Havana Cuba on March 7, 1964. The most important things in my life are my beautiful wife, Yanet, and my four amazing boys. In Cuba, I worked at ICRT (Cuban Radio and TV Institute) for 21 years as a Special Effects and Pyrotechnics Specialist. In 2002, I won a lottery for an American Visa for myself and my family, and in 2003 we moved to Syracuse, NY with the help of a church. Moving to the United States wasn’t easy considering that it was a new lifestyle, new language, new climate, and new jobs. Within 2 months of living in the States, I began to work.
In my last job before CFS, I hurt my right shoulder, had to get surgery, and couldn’t work for more than 2 years. During this time, my son Javier began as a member at CFS and I would take him 5 to 6 days a week for more than 1 hour a day, sometimes even twice a day. When it came time to find a new job, we asked Dan and Ellen if they needed any help at the gym. In October of 2017, I began to work at CFS as the Facility Manager and every day I am grateful for the job and opportunity that Dan and Ellen gave me. I love being a part of this community and take much pride in helping to make CFS a better place.