Co-founder & Co-director
Mario was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. Mario witnessed a lot of violence at a young age that was entrenched in drug abuse and drug trafficking. Mario began selling drugs at 13 and by 15 he was robbing drug dealers. Sadly, at the age of 16, Mario took the life of a local, 26 year-old drug dealer, during a drug deal/armed robbery gone bad. Mario was charged and convicted of murder and served 19 consecutive years. Mario served almost 3 years in solitary confinement before the age of 22.
On January 22, 2014, Mario was released from Jackson Cooper Street Prison. He was denied at two universities before being accepted at Wayne State’s School of Business where May 5th 2016, just two and half years after his release, Mario graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. In addition, Mario is a published scholar with a thesis titled Incarceration of Adolescents in Adult Prisons: Adults’ recollections of their experiences and its impact on adult adjustment.