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Ivan Sanchez

Ivan Sanchez was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1972. He left the inner city in 1993, and earned an associate's degree in applied science from Virginia's ECPI College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He currently holds a supervisory position with a major manufacturing organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and works as a youth advocate and motivational speaker in his spare time.
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Ivan Sanchez
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Some choose to dream hard, others wake up and work hard to make their dreams come true.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. First my mother for being strong enough to raise three kids in the Bronx alone… Next, President Obama for bringing an entire nation and world together. He does indeed represent change.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I use the word phenomenal a lot. But it’s mostly because I haven’t found an equally powerful and express word to state the obvious when I think something is simply phenomenal.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A.
I’d plead with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to protect themselves better. This country lost some of the greatest civil rights leaders in the history of this country when we lost them. And 40 years later they still haven’t been replaced.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. That I’m human and that I still walk with a daily struggle to stay away from the street life. The mentality is so deeply rooted in who I am that sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m no longer that street hood.

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