About James Assali
James Assali was born in 1974 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He moved to California as a teenager and currently resides in Orange County, CA with his beautiful wife Stephanie and five children.
His story is somewhat of an adventurous one as he came to California on a bus with nothing more than a backpack. He has had an entrepreneurial spirit since day one. As a young man, he worked diligently to find a niche in the financial business world and worked hard to become the CEO of a prominent mortgage company Meredian Financial Corporation. Unfortunately, in 2008 disaster struck, he was diagnosed with the stress related nerve disorder, Spasmodic Dysphonia which caused him to be unable to speak. Unable to manage the company, operations were left to the President and the team of executives to manage the company. Meredian Financial Corp immediately began to fail almost immediately and eventually ceased operations with all blame falling on James. After regulatory agencies investigated James was cleared of all employee’s wrong doings but this was a devastating blow as decades of hard work and dedication were lost. As a Christian, James turned to God to regain trust, faith and strength. He is ever thankful to God, his wife and his children. After recovering from an intense open throat surgery with Dr. Gerald Burke at UCLA medical Center and years of recovery James began to regain some of his voice back. He unfortunately however will be disabled for life. With God at his back he still has regained his entrepreneurial spirit and has regained momentum. James is now a consultant in multiple firms managing business operations and strategic marketing profiles for a conglomerate of US and internationally based companies in multiple verticals.
With five children James has always been very active in his community in Youth Athletics. He has been a coach for 16 years. He has coached baseball in the Irvine Pony League leading teams to 8 championships. He is currently active as a soccer coach in AYSO and has coached as many as three teams during a season from ages four through 13 with championship and Allstar team achievements. He is currently accredited with the second to highest level of AYSO certification which is Intermediate Level and US Soccer Level F certification with plans to achieve National Coaching certification with US Soccer Level C by the end of 2018.
As a Christian and Philanthropist, he contributes to many charitable organizations with his strongest support directed towards foundations supporting; Spasmodic Dysphonia, Epilepsy, Abused Women & Children.