Jimmy Tyrell

I was born in Oakland in 1952. I was married at 18 but divorced 4 years later with a daughter, Mariah. I was using more and more drugs, and had of course problems with the law. By age 30, I felt that I was at the point of no return. I went to Delancey Street and changed everything about myself. While at Delancey, I worked in different training schools, including the construction of the Delancey Street Building where I became the Project Manager. I got my contractor's license while in Delancey in 1989. When I graduated, I went to work in the building trades, and am currently a general contractor in the Bay Area. I own a house in Contra Costa County, and spend my free time traveling. In 2000, I met my wife, Marianne, in Costa Rica. We were married in 2001 and we have 2 kids together, Marco and Lucas. In 2004, my wife and I opened together La Kasbah, and started importing furniture from Morocco, thanks in part to Delancey who provided our first retail space. I am also a grandfather of 2.

Jimmy with his son Lucas and a friend at La Kasbah.