I’m in love with the same special lady for almost five decades. Together, we love — and are incredibly proud of — our daughter, our son, their spouses, and three remarkable grandchildren.
Family, friends, and hundreds of other wonderful people also populate my life, repeatedly creating rewarding experiences. I’ve had all this good fortune for many years, with reading and writing often playing integral roles.
I’ve loved reading as long as I remember and have enjoyed writing for just as long. For me, writing has taken many forms. Like most, it started with assigned essays as a student and then evolved with my business career. I’ve written letters, speeches, reports, ads, brochures, presentations, proposals, articles, and a blog. My first book was a work of non-fiction – NEEDS Selling Solutions – co-authored with my friend Jeff Allen.
I’ve worked in a supermarket, sold appliances, distributed motorcycles, launched an automobile dealer network, and provided financing to help businesses grow. Every industry was very different from the other. Every company had its distinctive culture and character, but all were units of large corporations with operations around the world.
Travel has always been a great component in my roles. I had the pleasure of visiting almost every city, town, village and hamlet in Canada while leading sales and marketing activities first for the motorcycle, then the automobile, divisions of Suzuki Motor Company’s Canadian subsidiary.
My job took me to most of the United States of America with a subsidiary of ITT. I enjoyed visiting all EU countries while living and working in Europe for several years – spearheading the creation of a new business unit for Deutsche Bank. And, responsibilities with a unit of GE Capital allowed me to explore several countries in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Every trip was an education. Learning about business practices and cultures before trips was essential, and every day in a country mined valuable information to develop a deeper understanding of its people, culture, laws, and treasures.
Experts say we should write about things we know best. In my case, those subjects are business, travel, and people. As an author, my goal is to share some experiences, insight, and views as I create fictional stories designed to entertain people around the world — one reader at a time.