About Me

AJ profileI am an older brother, a father and a devoted husband. I am 30-something year old living in Connecticut. I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States (New York City) in the early 90’s. Since then I’ve completed a career in the United States Marine Corps, I’ve earned my MBA in business, and I’ve learned a few lessons along the way.

I currently work in the public sector overseeing contracts, asset management and compliance. My other job/passion is being a business owner with my wife Raquel. We own and operate Woody Things, an online wooden crafts store, and WittyThings.us, where we specialize in creating quirky and funny tongue in cheek gifts. Additionally, I offer business management, contracting, asset management and entrepreneurial tips at my www.SmartBizPractices.com blog (check them out!).

I am a common man with common interests. I enjoy watching some good NFL Football on Sundays (or Mondays, or Thursdays.. or every so often, Saturdays lol); I enjoy working on muscle cars; training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; and coaching youth football (www.WaterburyPatriotsYouthFootball.com).

As an American veteran I feel there is much work to be done to empower and assist our returning vets transition back into civilian life. As such, I work hand-in-hand with Devil Dog USA, Inc. to make sure our vets get the assistance they’ve earned.


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