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Flying has always held an extraordinary allure for me. The mechanics of flight are well-known, but there’s something about flying that is truly a transcendental experience. Seeing the world slide silently past below me, observing all of the intricate elements visible only from the air, or watching the sun splash light on a slumbering world at the start of a new day puts everything in a fresh perspective, bursting with incredible potential and limitless possibilities. I never get tired of flying!
I’ve ridden motorcycles for more years than I care to remember. The sense of freedom I get on a motorcycle is one that I cherish, rain or shine. If you’re interested in sharing your riding passion with others of a similar mind, you might enjoy one of our tours.
I enjoy the use of language, especially the written word. Writing not only tells a story, but is an expression of who I am. It offers an insight into how I think and the values I hold. I’ve included a number of novels that I’ve authored should you be interested in reading one or all of them.
I’ve had a passion for photography since I was a child. The ability to capture an instant in time that will never come again remains as captivating for me now as it was when I picked up my first camera and experimented with it. While I currently take the majority of my photos with digital equipment, I also use 35MM and medium-format film cameras on occasion to provide the best photo possible. If you’re so inclined, please take a moment to browse through the photo galleries.
Here are some thoughts that I try to use to guide my life and my decisions. I’m not always as successful as I would like, but I try. More than anything else, I believe that no matter how much I learn there is still much more to know.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. –Albert Einstein
Curiosity is the lust of the mind. –Thomas Hobbes
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. –Jack London
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be content to seem what you really are. –Marcus Aurelius
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. –Martin Luther King, Jr.
You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will have strength. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. –Marcus Aurelius
What defines someone as a ‘man’ should not be the clothes they wear or how deep their voice is. It should be the content of his character, his strength in the face of overwhelming adversity, and his ability to still love and help others when the world has turned its back on him. –Karamo Brown
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – – I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. –Marcus Aurelius
In matters of principle, stand like a tock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. –Thomas Jefferson
A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. –Plutarch
I earned a number of advanced degrees in a range of disciplines. I spent my professional life flying as often as I could and working in the high-tech industry (computers, telecom, RF, lasers, satellites, telemetry, networks, microwaves, databases, programming, encryption, financial analysis, personnel, budgeting, policy development, procedure implementation, strategic planning, business process improvement, ERP, CRM, and the acronym alphabet soup continues ad infinitum) in the private sector and for public agencies. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to found, grow, and sell several profitable firms.
I currently serve as President & CEO of a private holding company that owns a number of businesses, sit on several corporate Boards of Directors, and provide advice, assistance, experience, and expertise to various governmental agencies and companies of all sizes.
I’ve had the privilege and joy of working with some incredibly gifted, superbly talented, and very dedicated people. I like to think that I contributed, probably in a small way, to the success of our endeavors. I wouldn’t trade my friendships and experiences for anything!
Someone once said, “Life is about the journey and not the destination, because we all know how the trip ends. Make sure you enjoy yourself along the way!” My professional life allows me to earn a living doing what excites my passions and challenges my skills. If you’re fortunate enough to enjoy what you do to earn your living, you really never work a day in your life!