He was born in Pasig City, Philippines to an upper middle class family. My dad had the best grades in his class, and always wanted to be the best. During his teenage years, he loved to ride BMX bikes with his friends. Also, he learned how to drive when he was only 13 years old. Later on his life, he married my mom, Ana, in 1991. Two years later, they had their first child together, which is my brother. Then two years after that, they had me, then my sister in 1999. Since my brother was born, my dad was working at a title company. He worked in a title company up until the time we moved to Valencia, California. After working a couple years in the title company, he realized that this was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He was getting too bored with this job and wanted something that he would enjoy doing every day.
Why It Means So Much
My father would always tell me to “always reach for the stars, and if that doesn’t get you anywhere, then I don’t know what will.” He encourages me day by day to make the right and the best decisions for myself, and this was also his motto in his life. Because he always aimed to be the best he can be, he eventually found what he loved to do the most.
How It All Started
My dad loved to drive all over the place and never got tired of doing that. Because of that, he applied to multiple limousine companies to be a driver. He was hired into one that was located in Manhattan Beach, and he stayed in that company until he found another limousine company that was located in San Francisco and it paid more and had more customers. Although it was far away from home, my father had to make sacrifices in order to provide for his family. In this new company that he started working with, he was out everyday and night. In the limousine company, he is paid by hour depending on what kind of service it is. Whether it is driving a town car, or an SUV like a Suburban or an Escalade. On top of that, the customer can decide if they want to give a tip to the driver. Sometimes, a driver alone can make over $100 just on tips if the driver did a great job. My father got paid very well at this company, but it started to get tough for him being so far away from his family, so he quit that job and started heading down to another limousine company. In this company, that was located in North Hollywood, he had a lot of customers as well, and got paid a decent amount, but not as great as the one in San Francisco. He spent a couple years in the North Hollywood company until he finally realized that this is what he enjoyed doing.
My father later realized that after working in the limousine business for a couple years, this is what he really wanted to do. He ended his job at the limousine company that was located in North Hollywood, and decided to start his own limousine business.
Like any other businessman who is just starting their own company, my father was having a difficult time managing things. It was not until a couple months later that he started to get the hang of how to operate his own business. Because he was familiar with the limousine business, he knew the right people to hire, and what exactly he needs to keep the business running. In the beginning, my dad started out with two town cars. This was enough to start, but as the business grew, he needed more cars. My father did everything to make his business a successful one. He advertised, he went to other local limousine companies and asked for their help, and he also did some of the driving as a chauffeur. My father’s company is called Green Leaf Luxury Transportation. He started out with two cars, and today he owns more than ten cars, and it is more successful today.
Limousines and It's History
The idea of limousines comes from the concept of a chauffeured vehicle and this idea has been around since the early 1700s. The whole idea of limousines originates back in Limogoes, located in France. It was a wealthy and rich province that used horses and carriages as a luxury mode of transportation. In this, the driver and the passengers were completely separated and this is where the limousines began. It was not until 1902, where the very first limousine was ever created. The demand for more space in a limo was so high that a company called Armbruster, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas created the first stretch limousine in 1928. Limousines started to gain their popularity in the 1920s. They started to gain even more attention in the 1930s, and celebrities and high profile corporate businessmen mainly used them. Limousines are known to be the most elegant and luxurious mode of transportation. The word limousine comes from the region of Limousin in France, and it is defined as the cloak and hood that the shepherds used to wear in this region. This is because the entire interior of a limousine looks just like the cloak and hood of a shepherd. Today, there are multiple kinds of limousines in every limousine business.
Why is My Dad My Greatest Influence?
My father started out not knowing what he wanted to do with his life, to being a college drop out, to being employed in multiple companies, to owning his business and being successful in it. My dad is the most influential person in my life because even though it took him a while to realize what he wanted to do with his life, he still pursued a career in other things and never gave up. It led him to be the successful man he is today, and it encourages me to try my hardest and to never give up even if I am having trouble with deciding on what I want to do with my future.
Kristen Jannelle Santos is a freshman at the California State University of Northridge. She is studying to be a nurse in the future, and she loves to spend time with her family and friends.