Armando grew up in a small home with his parents and three sisters. While attending Ganesha High School in Pomona, Armando worked as a courtesy clerk at Stater Brothers Market to help his parents with household expenses. With the help of Bright Prospect, a college access and success organization, Armando applied and was admitted to Dartmouth, a highly selective private college in New Hampshire. Armando was disappointed in his first-semester performance and decided to transfer to a local university. Once there, he realized that Dartmouth offered advantages such as smaller class sizes and more personalized attention. His Dartmouth friends missed him and urged him to return. Bright Prospect staff served as trusted advisors throughout this decision-making process, and helped Armando get back to Dartmouth for his sophomore year. Armando earned a real estate license on his own time and took real estate classes at Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth where he was the only undergraduate in the classroom. He interned in Budapest with a Dartmouth alumnus who ran an international real estate business. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2008, Armando began working at a commercial real estate firm and has since completed transactions totaling approximately 7 million square feet and a total gross project cost in excess of $650 million.

To hear more success stories like Armando’s, please come Bright Prospect’s 10-Year Anniversary Luncheon on March 7, 2013, sponsored in part by Fairplex and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. For more information or to make a reservation, call (909) 623 9007 or visit