After a divorce, former Seattle resident Albert Mensah wanted to be closer to his children. Charlotte provided just the right opportunity. (Photo: Qcitymetro)

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Albert Mensah

Name: Albert Mensah

Moved From: Seattle

How long in Charlotte: Since August 2015

Occupation: Motivational speaker/businessman

Hobbies: Sports, outdoors, eating, cooking

What brought you here? My 26-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter moved with my ex-wife from Seattle to Virginia. After trying (unsuccessfully) to bribe them back to Seattle, I did a 3-month research for an up-and-coming city that would also be close to their mom. Charlotte was the place, so I packed my bags and moved here, and my kids moved in with me. I’m loving the weather and all the good folks in Charlotte. I’m excited, and I’m back with my kids.

What do you like best about Charlotte? Proximity to everything – beaches, mountains, New York, Washington, DC, Florida — all are driving distance or less than two hours by plane. Also, the beautiful weather and all the beautiful sisters – yes!

What do you like least about Charlotte? Bad food – too much fried stuff.

How do you hope to get involved in the community? I speak, train and mentor to young people all over the world, so I am seriously looking to get involved with the youth, especially our young African American boys.

What’s been your most memorable moment since moving here? When I recently attended my first CIAA event, where all the middle and high school students were assembled to meet with different colleges. Just watching the youth sign up to attend college and how inquisitive they were to learn more about college, the STEM program and the NASA program. That was awesome to see

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Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.