As a child, I often walked the short distance from my familys tenement house in Woonsocket, R.I., to the neighborhood store to buy milk and bread.
I paid with food stamps, which my family needed until we didnt just a few short years later. With four growing boys in the family, we were always running out of milk and bread.
Today, Im the president of a national financing and leasing firm. I worked hard to go from a working poor upbringing to where I am today, but I didnt do it alone. Ive been fortunate to have some people guide and lift me up over the years.