EDUCATIONBachelor's, Master's, and Beyond.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology. I am fortunate enough to be a graduate of Florida International University (FIU). After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I stayed on at FIU and continued to work at the Adolescent Early Intervention Lab conducting one-on-one and group sessions with adolescents. During these sessions, I helped the adolescents develop behavioral strategies and plans for dealing with challenging social issues. During graduate school, I conducted research on the bystander effect, learning methodologies in gifted programs, and functional determination tools in behavior analysis. Although my degree was awarded in the area of psychology, my primary focus in graduate school was behavior analysis.
I have been very fortunate to have two great parents who valued education. As early as three years old, my father would help me master basic math and memory skills through practice trials and card games. As a result, I skipped first grade because I excelled in mathematics. Later in elementary school, my parents had me take an IQ test, and the results landed me in a magnet program for gifted children.
Although I was born and raised a University of Miami fan (go Canes), I instead attended Florida International University (FIU), where I changed my major from business to psychology and graduated with my bachelor’s degree shortly thereafter. I worked full time during my tenure at FIU, which sometimes impeded my grades, but working was important to me and I knew that I could manage both tasks.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and being inspired by my mother, who attended and finished graduate school in two short years while raising four children, I attended graduate school and earned my master’s degree in psychology in just under a year and half. After finishing my master’s degree, I went on to take a professional course sequence in behavior analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. That course helped me polish my knowledge and understanding of behavioral science.
An important part of studying behavior analysis is analyzing phenomena attributed to mentalism. As such, I utilized an opportunity I was presented with in graduate school to use behavior analysis principles to explain a commonly known phenomenon in psychology called the bystander effect. Although the project was simply an assignment, it had a lasting effect on the perceptions of my colleagues who did not believe in behavior analysis.
GIFTED PROGRAM DESIGN
Since I had the opportunity in elementary school to attend a magnet program for gifted students, I felt a desire to give back to the community that helped me mature when I was young. While working on my master’s degree, I collaborated on a project to help design a more effective gifted program for students. The project utilized a personalized system of instruction and focused on fluency.
FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS TOOLS
Since my master’s program offered a terminal degree, I took the opportunity to do my integrative project on what I felt was a critical element in applied behavior analysis: functional behavior assessments. I used the project to help refine a commonly used tool within functional behavior assessments in hopes of contributing to the literature and advancing behavioral assessments.
BUSINESSFinding my niche in life.
I always knew that business would be a big part of my life, as I started my first enterprise at seven years old. Inside the building where I lived as a child, there were benches that had smooth decorative rocks underneath them. I gathered several of them and enlisted the help of my best friend and neighbor Robert, another seven-year-old with aspirations of making it big. We had a two-person operation: he colored the rocks with crayons he borrowed from another friend, while I was in charge of sales. I stopped passing cars to sell them these rocks that had been so beautifully colored. We sold each rock for 25 cents and made $19.25 that week, but more important than the money were the lessons I learned about business and the value of owning my own company (whether it was registered or not).
After college, I worked as an independent contractor, providing applied behavior analysis therapy until 2010, when I started my first therapy company that I affectionately named Automaticity, Inc. During this time, I had an office in south Miami the size of a large walk-in closet, where my first two employees helped me put desks together and set up computers after hours. Over time our company grew, and we re-branded our organization, calling it World Evolve, Inc. (WE for short). I have since opened eight companies as part of the WE Family that provide a variety of services to the community, all founded upon various applications of behavioral science. I currently serve as the Founder and CEO of World Evolve, Inc.
The mission of the World Evolve organization is to produce self-sustaining collaborative entities that improve behavior around the world. World Evolve is a behavioral organization that uses the science of behavior to make socially significant change every day. Visit the website to learn more about the company and the amazing people that work there. World Evolve currently employs almost 200 workers with a variety of diverse backgrounds and specialties. When people ask me what my legacy will be one day when I am gone, it will not just be the company I have created but the people that worked with me and the lives we have changed together. My success with this company can be attributed to the hard work of the people that work there, and I am very lucky to have them.
YEARS AS A CEO
YEARS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD
I have spent over 10 years of my life opening and running companies. I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE
CELLULAR & COMMUNICATIONS
PROFIT & NONPROFIT
TEACHINGGiving Back What I Learned.
From 2009 until 2017, I worked as an adjunct professor at different universities around the country teaching undergraduate courses on behavior analysis. My classes were usually relatively full, and since I taught every semester, I have been lucky enough to share my knowledge and experience in Behavior Analysis with over 8,000 students. Education and training are very big parts of my life, so I feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to share the gospel of behavior analysis with so many eager young minds.
# OF YEARS TEACHING UNDERGRADUATE BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS COURSES
# OF CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS PRESENTATIONS
# OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP SEMINARS TAUGHT
# OF STUDENTS AND ATTENDEES EDUCATED
BA Conference Ethical Behavior & Business: Is it Different from Ethical Behavior Everywhere?
BA Conference Running a Behavior Analytic Business: Some Ethical Considerations
BA Conference A New Day for Ethics in Behavioral Business:
BA Conference: The Behavior Analytic Singularity: What it is and how we can avoid it
BA Conference Diagnosing and Treating Ethical Problems in ABA: What They Are and How We Can Address Them Organizationally
BA Conference Growing A Behavioral Organization Ethically Utilizing Behavioral Systems Analysis and Leadership
BA Conference Ethical Problems in ABA: What They Are and How We Can Address Them Organizationally
BA Conference: Diagnosing and Treating Ethical Problems in ABA Organizations: What They Are and How We Can Address Them
BA Conference: Safeguards for Ensuring Quality and Ethical Practice in ABA Service Delivery
WRITINGPutting My Thoughts on Paper
Ever since I wrote my first creative paper in elementary school, I have been fascinated by the different ways someone can communicate thoughts and emotions via the written word. As I grew older, writing became a hobby of mine, and I offered my services to different blogs and websites just so I could have an outlet for my views on different topics.
WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN
I have been writing for several blogs in the behavior analysis space for the past 3 years on various topics related to behavior analysis. I write on a variety of topics, from ethics to business and even technology; basically all things related to behavior analysis and society.
ETHICS FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS
In 2013, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Jon Bailey, a legend in the field of ethics and behavior analysis. Over the course of the next couple years, we had many discussions about the importance of ethics and the role of ethics in business. After working to create the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations and doing several presentations, Dr. Bailey offered me the opportunity of a lifetime: to write a chapter on ethics and business for the newest edition of his ethics book.
COMMUNITYGiving more to society than I took
Success is a word just like any other, and like any other word what really matters is how you define it. A large part of my definition of success is giving back to the communities and people that have given so much to me. To accomplish this, I spend a great deal of my free time working on endeavors that provide me with little to no financial reward. These projects are usually for the professional communities of which I am a part, namely the behavior analysis and business communities.
MIAMI ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
In an attempt to give back to the behavior analysis and business communities, I got together with two other prominent behavior analysts in the Miami area and created the Miami Association for Behavior Analysis (MiABA). Together we created an association with the mission to promote the practice of behavior analysis and support local behavior analysts and the field of behavior analysis as a whole. MiABA is also dedicated to promoting the dissemination of evidence-based practices in the field and to provide continuing education opportunities to various behavior analysis professionals throughout the city of Miami. This was an important project for me and I am lucky to have been a part of it.
ETHICS FOR BEHAVIORAL ORGANIZATIONS
After working in the field of behavior analysis for almost a decade, I found myself thinking more and more about ethical behavior among businesses, so I got together with one of the most prominent figures in behavior analysis and ethics and created an organization designed to establish a standard of ethics for behavioral organizations and to credential behavioral organizations.
PERSONALSome info about what I like outside of work
Just like everyone else, I strive for a work-life balance. However, my distribution maybe be tilted a little more toward work than other people’s. Having said that, I still have a personal life and definitely find enjoyment in the activities I engage in outside of the office.
ACTIVITIES I ENJOY
% OF MY TIME
I love anything that allows me to be active. I go to the gym five days a week for weights and cardio, and I run on the weekends. I am happy to play basketball with anyone who dares challenge me. My dad taught me how to lift weights when I was young; since then, I have added running to that regimen and have not looked back. Exercise is a huge part of my life
- Exercise 50%
I will watch any movie anytime, even (and sometimes especially) the bad ones. I grew up on movies, learned values from movies, I explain things using movie analogies, I quote movies, and I even religiously check movie sites to find out what is coming next.
- Movies 35%
Some people eat to live; I live to eat. I enjoy all kinds of food and I especially enjoy going out to eat. I enjoy the entire process of getting ready, going out, picking up a date (If I’m lucky) and sitting down and having a good conversation over a good meal. That’s my idea of a good night out.
- Dinner 10%
I admit it: I enjoy video games. And although I don’t get a lot of opportunities to play, they are a significant part of my personal time when I do get the chance. I grew up playing video games, and they have been a big part of my inspiration at work to incorporate technology into my organization and the community projects that I work on. My most common password is even from a very game that I really enjoyed as a kid.
- Video Games 5%