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Meet Sahil

Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Sahil Vijay Patel is a 2015 Inc 5000 winner, eCommerce entrepreneur and community leader currently attending the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, FL. The oldest of two boys to Vijay and Priti Patel, both immigrants from India coming to New Jersey in the early 80’s - Sahil faced his share of racial discrimination as a child. From being physically assaulted by the infamous “Dotbusters,” gang of Jersey City, NJ to fighting on behalf of other immigrant children in the neighborhood, Sahil is a natural born fighter for what is right.

Without any savings, life insurance, or financial assistance, Sahil took on the role of head of household when his father passed away in 2006. Sahil withdrew from Kean University (returning in 2012 to finish his B.A in English) and began supporting his mother, Priti and younger brother, Nitesh.

Now over a decade later, Nitesh is a Neurosurgeon, married to Rima, a Gynecologic Surgeon, their mother Priti, is retired and Sahil is married to his high school sweetheart, Snehal.

In 2015, after growing his business to over $10 million in annual revenue from an initial investment of only $500, Sahil decided to close his eCommerce company, Vijay Holdings, LLC. Earlier that year, Vijay Holdings, LLC won the Inc Magazine INC 5000 award, placing 366 of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the world. Sahil wanting more - decided to chase his true passion – fighting for others. With his wife, Snehal by his side, both Sahil and Snehal decided to go back to school. Snehal is obtaining her Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing in Lake Mary, FL at ECPI University and Sahil will finish his Juris Doctorate in early 2019. Sahil is a fighter, his history proves his ability to overcome difficult tasks and soon with a Juris Doctorate under his belt, the sky's the limit. He joined the NLC-Orlando family as a Fellow in 2018 and is currently serving as the Co. Chair for Recruitment and Selections.

Sahil is a member of Mt Zion Lodge No. 135 F&AM in Metuchen, NJ and his hobbies include cooking, working out and spending time with his family.

 
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