I am the former President and CEO of DataDisc Media Manufacturing, and Marketing VP of the international training company, ICT. I have spent my career in the marketing, training, publishing, and media industries. I am also a professional musician. I have been a student of marketing since I was 14.
How I Got Started
I started in the mail-house posting and sorting outgoing direct mail and loved the idea of using a well written letter to help people learn about and buy our products. After college and 13 years later, I had moved up to Marketing VP for ICT, an international training company that also published a magazine that I created, as well as published many books.
In 1990 I created a magazine called Family Recreation. It was a publication for young families with lots of cool ideas on fun things to do around the country, parenting ideas, and more. It’s launch came at the exact moment as the Gulf War buildup, Desert Shield, hit the world. All eyes came off of the publication and went on the war. The magazine’s initial marketing test was exceptional and would have been an excellent publication. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn…
The Big Leagues
In 1991 I created a media manufacturing company that became one of the fastest growing CD & DVD companies in the early 1990s. After 20 years, the internet had replaced most media and it was time to move on to my real passion, writing and speaking.
Onward and Upward
I am also a Certified Professional Coach with the John Maxwell Team. John and his team of mentors have poured into me daily over the past few years. It has been a privilege and a delight to be sitting under John’s mentorship. I am also a student of Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Steven Covey, Dave Ramsey, Maxwell Maltz, Napoleon Hill, and many others. I read incessantly. I love to add value to others.
I now write, speak, coach, train, and consult full-time. I have been married to the most beautiful and wonderful women in the world for the past 36 years. We have five grown children, four sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. We live outside of Washington, DC.
My Personal Life
In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, riding, kayaking, cooking, swing dancing, and playing jazz saxophone and guitar. As well, I help manage one of my sons bands (shameless dad commercial). I have been a worship leader for 33 years and I am a member of a local church.