Friday, March 17th, I was honored at the third annual TOA Awards in New York City! The award I received was the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Turkish – Americans. As I’m sure you know I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. My heritage and culture has always been close to my heart so this was SUCH an honor for me to receive!The ceremony awarded 40 Turkish-Americans under 40. These individuals were chosen because of the success that have had in their respected fields, from art to real estate, and technology and finance. This wonderful event was also in part to help collect money for the Turkish Philanthropy Funds, which is an organization seeking to help the impact of giving, with a particular focus on Turkey.It’s SO wonderful to be honored by such an organization for my success so far in my career. I can only hope that the TOA and myself can inspire the many other Turkish Americans in the United States to reach for similar successes in their lifetime. Thank you to all of the Turk of America folks who thought I was worthy of such an accolade.