Steven Mariano

Steven M. Mariano

Founder

Steven Mariano comes from humble roots. Raised on a vegetable farm in Southern New Jersey, he learned the value of hard work and sacrifice the old fashioned way. As Steven’s greatest role model, his grandfather started the farm from a single acre of blackberries and turned it into one of the largest commercial agriculture operations on the east coast. As part of his success, Steven’s grandfather constantly gave back to his large family and community.

Steven became a pilot at age sixteen and also lettered in baseball, football, basketball, and tennis in high school. More recently, Steven has pursued the martial arts and has more than fifteen years of black belt training. He believes in balancing and improving his mind and body spirit every day.

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Sang Koo Kang

Sang Koo Kang

Director

Sang Koo Kang, also known as Master Sang, is the creator of the TNT Martial arts form, a celebrity trainer, an actor, and President of The Mariano Foundation. Born in Seoul, Korea, he lived in poverty and in a home where, as a younger stepbrother, he knew instinctively that he was being unfairly treated. He took it upon himself at a young age to become an entrepreneur. He delivered newspapers and sold subscriptions door-to-door so that he and his family could survive. Sang was physically and mentally abused by the newspaper supervisors, but his spirit couldn’t be broken. Instead, he channeled his energy into studying Tae Kwon Do and developing a personal drive to succeed and to help others.

As a teen, Sang moved to the United States with his father. He enrolled in school and marveled at the lives his fellow classmates were living. Longing to improve his lot in life, Sang continued to study Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts forms and later developed his own martial arts style and system that combined Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai. Sang’s style and system became TNT Martial Arts

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John Brant

Foundation Director

With more than twenty years of human resources experience in high-profile organizations, including IBM, Georgia Pacific Corp., PeopleSoft, Johnson & Johnson, and the FDIC, John brings valuable leadership and insight to The Mariano Foundation.

John is a trained economist and graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University in Huntington WV. He holds numerous civic board positions across South Florida, including positions with The American Heart Association, Miami Dade Schools, South Beach Aids Project (SOBAP), Miami-Dade Community Arts Council, and The Donor’s Forum. He is also a member of the Florida Philanthropic Network.

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