1982 - 1993
A Good Start in Life...
I'm a native California boy — born there, raised there, educated there, married there, raised my children there. I have three daughters and one son. Family and parenthood - now there’s a major project to manage!
I was lucky and my childhood was full of fun and opportunity. Skiing, nature, a cabin in Yosemite, hiking and camping. I appreciate what I have, and I love to give back. The church has kept me humble; As a child I sang in the choir, and later in my life I served in my church providing food for the local food bank. I would even plan and cook the meals occasionally for about 20 homeless people. I would also go to the food bank and pack foods for families and then deliver to their houses.
It’s good to keep a perspective, right?!
1993 - 2005
An Unexpected Twist…
I also loved to be constructive and I learned early the value of a day’s work. My grandfather had a boat business and I learned to repair boats. I became a licensed Mercury Marine Sterndrive mechanic when I was a teenager and worked as a boat mechanic for many years during the summers when I was going to college to earn money. I also rebuilt my parents Ford Ltd V8 engine when I was 13 years old.
It’s interesting how these things come back for you. After I finished my Engineering degree, when I went for a job with IBM the manager there hired me because I’d built a hot rod — 1965 Ford Mustang - and he loved cars. It had nothing to do with the job he hired me for!
1993 - 2005
In 1993, IBM was not doing well and I opted to go it alone. I ventured into consulting as a computer and software engineer for small businesses, and actually ended up starting my first significant business: I built an Internet service provider (ISP). For a while I was the only ISP in my county!
I learned everything there is to know about large-scale project management within IBM and independent consulting, and while running the ISP for 12 years I learned all there is to know about running and maintaining a business.
Over time, I came to realise that computers and business are rather impersonal and clinical. What was missing from my life was my desire to help others.
2005 - 2016
Pulling it All Together
It took me a while to find a way to use my skills AND fulfill my desire to help others.
In the end, it was right there in front of me! My two major skill-sets fascinated me and came together in a shape I realised could help others! I could help people who were ‘stuck’ in their working lives, who wanted to gain independence, find themselves and earn more money for themselves and their families.
I care for people and their success and now I have found a way to give back. I can teach and train and assist other project managers in how to consult and operate their consulting practices.
I love it! I have found my niche, and now I am looking forward to helping YOU!
Figured out the effective tool to market & do SEO my own software company. Understood that I would love to share my knowledge with the world
Partnered with Samuel Cook to create a working technology & platform to market small and medium business using storytelling techniques