Michael Fux was a 15-year-old boy when his family emigrated from Cuba. They moved to Newark, NJ, where Michael shared a 7-story, one-bedroom walk-up with his parents and brother. His father took a job pumping gas and the family struggled to make ends meet.
“I was going to high school, and I wasn’t doing really well”, Fux recalled. He realized that college wasn’t in the cards since his parents couldn’t afford it and he wasn’t exactly scholarship material. Then one evening, while hanging out with a group of friends, one made a comment that continues to fuel his desire to succeed. “I remember being in a parking lot with my friends, and they were all getting ready to go to college. One said to me, ‘You’re never going to amount to anything because you’re not going to go to college and we all are, so in the end you won’t amount to anything.’ And I never forgot. That comment gave me the push to say ‘You’re wrong, I’m going to be something. It doesn’t matter whether I go to college or not. I’m going to be something.”