Sergio Dinaro graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Biological Chemistry. Like so many of his fellow Americans, Sergio enlisted in the U.S. Army (as a Counterintelligence Agent) after September 11th, 2001, where he served his country dutifully in both Afghanistan and Iraq. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Sergio again found himself in the same boat as many Americans; an unemployed, financially unstable, college educated veteran, who was blazing through his life’s savings.
Sergio took advantage of this “respite” from the work force to reflect on his life and his financial situation. He came to the realization that he was proud to have been able to serve his country during a time a great need; however, warm, fuzzy feelings were not paying the bills or putting food on the table. He was not at a place in his life where he could afford to be unemployed for any length of time. In short, Sergio found himself financially unstable.
Sergio set out to determine why he, raised in a typical American family, whose only desire as a child was to achieve the American dream, was struggling to make ends meet. Is it possible to grow up with very little, finance college, serve your country, enter the work force during a recession AND be able to pay your bills, buy a house and land the job you’ve always wanted? The answer he discovered was, “Yes!” Sergio looked at his 6 year old daughter and realized that he had unwittingly made too many financial mistakes early in his life, and that if he was going to teach his daughter how to be financially stable as she grows up, then he had to begin her education immediately… and The Family Bank was born.