The Early Years
Vinay Dean Cardwell grew up in the Cultural Melting Pot of Vancouver Canada. He would like to say that he was a cute kid, but of course he is biased. His parents were both born and raised in the South Pacific. His mom from Fiji of East Indian decent and his dad from New Zealand but of British decent. He played and enjoyed his childhood much being the middle child of 3 boys. He grew up playing sports quite a bit. He relished in the competitive nature of sports growing up. From winning a Division Little League Championship and having his High School soccer team going to the Provincial Championships but coming up short. He thoroughly enjoyed the team comradery that he gained from these years in understanding the dynamics of how you deal with adversity and defeat.
As he grew up he had the opportunity to travel to Argentina and took in the culture. He sipped the Mate and learned the Castilian dialect (it was Spanish). It was a wonderful experience but he knew that at some point it had to end. He then headed back home to his True North Strong and Free, Canada. But upon arrival he felt the need to move to the US. He packed his 18 yr old car, had $100 cash in hand, a couch to crash on and a credit card and moved to America. Within a week he found a place to stay, a job and friends that he has to this very day. He spent a year in the Pacific Northwest under the eye of the Space Needle and had the fortunate opportunity to take a job transfer to go to school in Idaho. He spent a few semesters there and caught the travelling bug again. He then took his exploits and business opportunities to further locales and traveled the country living in the City of Angeles, Los Angeles. His next destination was in the south in Little Rock, AR where everyone appreciated you stoppin’ by and they were always fixin’ to do something. After Little Rock he sought his sights on the Union state to a place he had always heard about and growing up as a Bulls fan wanted to see, the Windy City, Chicago. Sooner or later those winds would carry him away again to his final destination and landed on the snowy slopes of Salt Lake City.
His greatest accomplishments
He attended the University of Utah and earned a degree in International Studies and Economics. He has also earned his Certified Global Business Professional through NASBITE and is a Competent Communicator through Toastmasters. He is a founding member of the Young Internationalists at the World Trade Center of Utah. He has earned this 3rd degree of Free Masonry to become a Master Mason of the Progress Lodge 22 in Salt Lake City. He is currently pursuing a life long ambition and enrolling into a Masters Degree in Management from Harvard University. Vinay is also married to his beautiful wife Marysa, who is half Japanese, born in Sendai Japan and her second language growing up was English. She has earned her undergrad in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Nutrition Counseling. She has recently received her Registered Dietician certification and has begun practicing her trade. She has obviously set the bar high for Vinay. They have their first child a beautiful baby girl, Escher named for the artist MC Escher, and have recently had the second child Emerson named after the great American and influencial essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. They both represents all the cultural and ethnic traits that makes this country they live in so great. Vinay is proud of his journey’s and travels and finds that these opportunities are what forms him today. He is constantly engaged in learning of new skills and traits. He is an avid reader and has his book shelf to prove it. Vinay has sought out the opportunities that America holds and finds the relationships that he has formed has made him the man he is today.
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