Inc. Magazine called him a “High-Energy, Motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of top entrepreneurs joining people like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
Essence Magazine said “He should be the poster boy for rags-to-riches stories… he is America’s Top Young Speaker.” He has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Yahoo! PBS, BusinessWeek, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Tribune, HuffingtonPost and many other national media outlets.
After growing up in the projects of Brooklyn, NY on welfare, he attended Binghamton University as an EOP student. In college, he was encouraged to take advantage of all of the opportunities present at his college. He became the president of four student organizations, and was named one of the top five exemplary students while at college. In college, he started his first business and went on to build a million dollar event production and entrepreneurship education company.
His company the College Success Program has helped hundreds of thousands of students succeed in school and life through his speaking engagements, curriculums, best selling books and trainings. As a professional speaker, he has spoken to over 650,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries.
His podcast The Art of Likability was rated the number one career podcast in iTunes and is listened to in 178 countries worldwide helping people build better relationships with people. He has been a TEDx speaker three times, TV contributor on shows like The Doctors, and contributor to national magazines such as Forbes on the subject of likability.
As the founder of “True Speaking Success,“ he teaches people how to become professional speakers about their subject matter expertise. Arel created two viral videos that have millions of views, and one of them was even featured on The Ellen Show!