Life has been just that, for Ohadd. He’s chacha’d, he’s sidestepped, he’s fallen down, and he’s gotten up. Somehow, the dance keeps taking him forward, and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that’s a matter of his own circumstance. “A man is only as good as his word and his work ethic,” he says. And he means it.
Ohadd started an event promotion company called Myriad Enterprises and ran it successfully for a few years in NYC while getting his feet wet in the hospitality business. He straddled his own personal tightrope between nightlife and restaurants for some time before realizing that promoting events was pushing him into a lifestyle he didn’t want. So he upped and changed it. Think of a time in your life that you knew you needed a change. It’s tougher than we think to do that, and it wouldn’t be the last time for Ohadd.
He worked for a few years and held various positions in some of the top restaurant groups in NYC. “I was able to sustain that life because I’m passionate about hospitality and serving others.” About four years ago, though, Ohadd realized that it wasn’t actually restaurants that were exciting him. It was wine!
“Gefen” in Hebrew means “grape leaves,” so let’s call a spade a spade (or a Gefen a grape leaf) and say this was bound to happen.
So like the various chacha’s he had done before, Ohadd packed up his bags two years ago and moved out to the Golden State. Wine country, to be exact.
Despite the fact that Ohadd’s had to take steps backward in order to make progress, life’s looking pretty good right now. He made the move to Sonoma and he’s working as the Hospitality Ambassador at Kamen Estates, a vineyard owned by Robert Kamen of Karate Kid, The Transporter, and Taken screenwriting acclaim. He’s thrilled about where he is and where he’s headed. “I feel like I’m here on the ground floor of an incredible winery that’s about to take off.”
He lives by a pretty simple edict. “Let love into your heart,” he tells me. “From there the doors will open and opportunity will arise.”
Ohadd’s found his passion and he’s finding his mark. He’s just a chacha or two away from his dreams.