From The Bronx To Manhattan; Michael Bordes’ $30 Million Journey

Michael Bordes grew up in the Bronx in the 1960s, the son of a New York City firefighter who, with two side jobs, probably brought home about $15,000 a year to feed and clothe a family of six.

“My parents had no money,” the 58-year-old Bordes said. “Raising four children in the Bronx, living in a bungalow with six people, is hard.”

Michael Bordes went from shining shoes in the Bronx to building a multi-million-dollar construction company.Courtesy AA Jedson

Today, Bordes, together with his son, owns and runs AA Jedson Company, LLC, a commercial and residential builder doing $20 million annually. (More on that name later.)

“I’m projecting to do $30 million to $50 million next year,” Bordes said. “We’ve already signed $20 million worth of work for next year. We got very lucky in the fitness and restaurant industry in New York.”

One of Bordes’ clients, Rumble, recently had him build a $7 million, five-story boxing gym in Manhattan.

Bordes’ story, rising from a bungalow in the Bronx to running a company he believes will someday gross $100 million in annual revenue, is remarkable, and irresistable.

“Nothing has ever been lucky for me,” Bordes said. “It’s always been related to getting up in the morning and pushing myself. It doesn’t relate to money. I don’t live a lifestyle like my story tells. I live a simple life in a simple house.”

Bordes and his wife moved from the Bronx to Rye Brook, New York, to raise their son. The Bronx was rough when he was growing up, but it was far worse when Bordes was raising his son in the early 1990s.

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