September 21, 2012
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I'm blessed to be married to the love of my life and we're blessed with two wonderful children. All things grand in my life emanate from my family, my parents, my wife and our children.
For many years I earned my living as a a banker, entrepreneur, business executive and ceo, and as a partner in an architectural and interior design firm. I've also served as managing partner of real estate investment projects. In 2005 I experienced a life-changing health event that took my life in an unexpected and entirely different direction. Today, I enjoy life as a journalist, student and writer--an activity I've loved since I entered and won my junior high school's writing contest for a piece I wrote on Harry Truman and his presidency.
My writing and executive background includes, consulting for small business; authoring several advocacy publications; creating business promotions; generating public relations materials; preparation of speeches, or testimony before legislative and regulatory bodies; and production of technical and trade publications. Finally, I've authored and produced employee training programs for my businesses in my role as chief executive officer.
I graduated from Michigan State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. I attended graduate school at Western Michigan University, where I specialized in health care administration within the masters degree program in public administration. Additionally, I graduated from the real estate development program at Urban Land Institute. And, finally, I'm presently enrolled at Harvard University's Extension School, Graduate School of Journalism, ultimately working towards a masters degree.
My personal interests include time spent with my family, our dog, equine friends and attending equestrian sporting events together. Ever since my days as an undergraduate student at Michigan State, I've loved spartan basketball and football and Big 10 Conference sporting events. I've an academic interest and love of history; poetry; politics and public policy; reading and studying literature. I also love travel, learning about new cultures, places and people. Challenges and human struggle and conquering obstacles is what helps provide texture to one's life; and in that regard I've been amply rewarded. I consider myself to be a perpetual student of life and I'm writing a book on American banking, ethics, greed, justice and political dysfunction.
I live in Rochester, Michigan and Bradenton, Florida with my wife and youngest daughter.