I’m a proud native of Gary, Indiana, right down the road from Chicago, where my mom was a Phd. Professor Emeritus of Nursing, and my father was a Civil Engineer / M.B.A. for U.S. Steel’s American Bridge Division. Once my idyllic youth of baseball, football, basketball, BMX biking, and climbing structures both natural and man-made ended, my dad handed me a Laborer’s Union Local 81 card. And a gate pass for “the big mill.”
Before I knew it, I was manning a shovel in the 120-degree temps of the blast furnace, a job I did every summer between college to fund my education. And after college, for a bit, too. Enough to entitle me to $92 a month when I’m 60. It’ll be the sweetest check I ever cash.
After shoveling slag, running jackhammers, and working a 28-hour straight concrete pour, well, you learn things about life, and people, no classroom can ever reveal. And you develop something called a work ethic. Eventually, I was fortunate enough – after some portfolio schooling – to be able to bring that same tenacity and street smarts to the advertising world.
Here’s how it happened:
After earning a double major in English and Telecommunications at Indiana University, I started my writing career in radio, crafting promos, spots, news, and comedy bits in Atlanta, where I graduated from Portfolio Center. From there, I moved to New York, where I’ve been based for over twenty years. Career highlights include pitching business with Jay Chiat, working on BMW, Citi, ESPN and tons of other great brands, freelancing steadily for over a decade, publishing some fiction, journalism and other wayward thoughts, playing in several bar bands, doing voice over work, and winning a few shiny objects, too.
On a personal note, I’m am an avid off road motorcyclist, an open water swimmer and scuba diver, an average drummer and below average bass player, and you should also know that it’s my dream to one day die with the tortoises on Galapagos. (There I said it.)
Thanks for looking at my work.