10 Things I May Have Never Told You...
Sep 04, 2018
So much of what’s out there these days lack a personal connection. Many people are simply afraid to really be themselves. I thought I’d have a little fun with this update and share another side of me and the work I do in order to prove I’m not a robot that stays locked away working all day.
Here are 10 things you may not know about me…
- I was part of the generation that was mesmerized by the space race to the moon. When I was 12, my brother and I built from scratch, a replica of a Gemini spacecraft that we actually spent time in during a simulated mission in my garage in South Florida, in the summer, without air conditioning. What were we thinking?
- I should not be alive! I am an Eagle Scout and while hiking at the Philmont Scout Ranch I slipped and fell off a cliff 40 feet into a creek. An inch in either direction and I would have probably been killed. Miraculously, I landed around a big boulder in 4 inches of water. I refused to quit and hiked for four more days with a torn meniscus in my right knee.
- My first degree from the University of Florida was a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I was part of the winning Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition team. We built a car that won nationally and came in second internationally, and got over 48 mpg in 1977! Go Gators! I am pretty proud of the nose of the car which I designed and fabricated.
- I am a retired Naval Aviator. I had my first Navy flight in a North American T-28 in July 1980. The aircraft I had that flight in is now at the War Eagles Museum in New Mexico.
- I flew the P3C Orion aircraft and hunted Soviet submarines during the Cold War. I deployed to Lajes Azores, Rota Spain, Sigonella Sicily, and Bermuda (over 18 months during my first three years). I am flying the P3C taking the picture of the P3 flying by the active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily. The picture above for this post was taken around July/August 1983.
- I never wanted to fly for the airlines so I got out of the Navy for a while and became a stockbroker for E.F. Hutton. I really did not enjoy the securities industry and decided to go back to military flying. Call it serendipity, but as I drove north from Florida to Norfolk Virginia to report back for duty in the Navy on that Monday 1987, the stock market crashed (aka Black Monday).
- In the late eighties when I was assigned on the USS Independence after seeing the potential of the PC, computers, and coming growth information technology in the late 90s, I decided to go back to school and get my master’s degree in computer science at the University of Florida.
- I am an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team and have had the privilege to partner with and be mentored by John C. Maxwell. In June 2013, I went to Guatemala along with 150 other coaches where we helped kick-off the transformation of the country. This is a picture of John and my interpreter after my first training session. This was a life changing experience for me.
- I moved to Houston in 2007 to join BP. When the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident happened in 2010, later that year I was the guy BP selected to create the information and data management strategy after the oil spill. I had an amazing team that created great answers to some of the world’s biggest data management problems.
- I love to cook. One year when it was my birthday, my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I said: “I would like to buy some lobster and make an amazing dinner.” She said, “But it’s your birthday.” and I replied “Exactly”. This was our Thanksgiving turkey several years ago my sons and I made.
Okay, I’m getting back work but I’d love to hear a bit about you! Here’s to the end of summer :)