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Ilya Girlya, 37

Sahara Sam's Oasis, President and CEO

Ilya Girlya - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40
Ilya Girlya, President and CEO - Sahara Sam's Oasis
Ilya Girlya - NJBIZ 2013 40 Under 40

Accomplishments: Holding top positions at several real estate organizations; contributing to the growth and success of his family's business; developing plans for a freestanding indoor water resort, which would become Sahara
Sam's Oasis.

Super Power: Self-cloning.

Most Influential Role Model: "My mentor, friend and father, Sam Girlya. My parents emigrated here from the former Soviet Union in 1979. With no money and no English language, Sam worked hard, saving every dollar to form his own development and construction company. In 1983, that dream became a reality, and the family business, Sambe, was born."

Essential App: "Pandora. I use music to keep my mind healthy."

People Would Be Surprised to Know: "When I was younger, my only aspiration was to become an astronaut, so much so that I convinced my parents to send me to space camp for a summer."

With $1 Million to Donate, You Would Support: Special needs programs.

Ilya Girlya

President and CEO
Sahara Sam's Oasis
West Berlin, Camden County


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