At the age of 16, Stephen Dela Cruz found himself in the Ventura County Juvenile Hall with 32 counts of criminal charges against him. The judge showed him grace and placed him in a group home to receive therapy and healing.
After two years, Stephen attended bible college where he met his wife. They started their first business as wedding photographers. In less than one year they had photographed 48 weddings with a gross revenue of $213,000.
Stegela Partners International Incorporated was formed in 2015 and consists of 10 corporations that employ more than 500 full-time employees with yearly profits of 7 figures each, creating an 8-figure empire.
At the young age of 28, he had a stroke which opened his eyes and changed his direction and focus. Rather than just building an empire for him and his wife, they have made a shift to creating “Income with Impact” and “Success with Significance.”
Stegela Success Mastery was born out of this new mission, which is all about serving their fellow entrepreneurs. Stegela Success Mastery runs Stephen's weekly podcast, bi-weekly mastermind group, live events and seminars, television show and through owning San Diego’s only printed entrepreneur magazine, Life By Design Entrepreneur Lifestyle Magazine.
In 2017 (age 30), Stephen was selected as a "Top 25 Most Influencive Influencers of 2017," by Influencive.com, which is an international publication.
Today, he is the proud owner and visionary for "San Diego’s #1 business coaching and mastermind program.”