I grew up in Sayreville, NJ, where I attended a very small Catholic school through 8th grade.
My entrepreneurial endeavors started fairly young, from paper routes, shoveling snow, mowing lawns, and a few other small projects. Both my parents worked and taught me that hard work was the way to get ahead, and that idea has definitely served me well in my personal businesses as well as my jobs.
I did well in high school, even though I had a job almost from the day I turned 14 when it became legal in New Jersey.
I got my Bachelors at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. My first two summers, I came back to NJ, and worked (and played) hard. My parents wouldn’t let me work during school for the first two years, so I focused on schoolwork and enjoying life in Daytona Beach.
After Graduation and Commissioning in the US Air Force, I moved to Biloxi, MS for a few months on my way to my first assignment in San Antonio, TX. As a lieutenant, I progressed through as many positions as possible in those four years, and learned as much as I possibly could. I didn’t work a second job, but instead went to school to get my Masters, in case I would need it in the future. I met my wife, Julie in San Antonio, less than a year before I was scheduled for reassignment to Tampa, FL. Thankfully, she saw through my ego and party-like-a-rockstar behavior, and came with me.
When the time came to move again, Julie and I decided to get out of the Air Force, and keep the family in Tampa, where our daughter Cassidy was settled in school. I got out in 2002. I got several offers, selected one, and took off my uniform one Friday afternoon, and went to work in a polo and khakis the following Monday. I progressed through technical and management roles, before changing companies and moving to a formal consulting role. I truly loved this job because it offered me new challenges, new skills to learn, and the ability to help others determine the best solution for their problems, without having to manage people.
Around this time, my son, Colton, was starting to play baseball year round, and I was doing quite a bit of coaching for his various teams. I came to the conclusion that I loved coaching, but didn’t enjoy managing. I continue to run my business this way…focused on coaching, and not managing.
Today, Julie and I continue to live here in Tampa, with two awesome children, Cassidy and Colton.
Over the years, I’ve learned that money isn’t everything. Family, good health and personal happiness is EVERYTHING, and personal development and a quest of constant improvement, is the way to obtain those things.
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