Not sure why you’d want to know all of this, but, hey, you clicked on it…
Where I’m From
I grew up in Chelsea, Mi., a small town just west of Ann Arbor. It’s the same town the actor, Jeff Daniels, is from. No, I don’t know him, but I did play basketball against him one time in a summer league. He won.
Where I Live Now
I live in Columbus, Ohio, specifically a suburb called Upper Arlington. I always say Columbus is the best kept secret in America. It’s a vibrant, thriving city that’s a truly great place to live, work, and run a business.
Where I Went To School
I graduated from Oklahoma Christian College with a degree in Mass Communications. They’ve got University status now, but my diploma still says College, so I stick with it.
What I’ve Done For Money
My first real job was at McDonalds. My brother was a manager there and talked me into working with him one summer. Two weeks after I started he quit. I lasted another 9 months before I, too, quit in a blaze of glory.
In college I worked as a tour guide, a front desk clerk, a sound system installer, newspaper subscription salesman, playground supervisor, and a waiter. Those are just six of the twenty seven different jobs I’ve had.
After college I spent several years as a radio personality for stations in Oklahoma City, OK, Lansing Mi, and Columbus, Oh. My air name was Joe Bahama. No kidding. I worked for KLTE, KJYO, KZBS, WGOR, WVIC, and WWHT. I also did a single shift as a favor for a friend in Ft. Smith, AK, but that doesn’t really count.
My last “real job” was as an information designer for the top-notch branding, design, and product development firm called FITCH. Best company I ever worked for (besides my own) and one of the best seven year stretches of my life.
In 2000, I launched sparkspace, which I continue to lead, grow, and love today. I also speak, write books, and conduct retreats once in awhile.
Who I’m In Love With
Eve. She said yes in 1990. Best decision she ever made. She’s my voice of reason. A necessary and much appreciated role.
My two teenagers. Although they roll their eyes at me whenever I tell them I love them. I do it anyway.
My golden retrievers. We’ve had four so far and they’ve all crossed the rainbow bridge, but I’ll never stop loving them.
What I Do When I’m Not Working
I escape to my cabin in the woods. I roast my own coffee (sorry, not for sale). I read a lot. I travel. I explore. I listen to Frank Sinatra records on my super cool restored record player. I hike, kayak, and pretend to be an outdoorsman.
That pretty much brings you up to speed on my life. If there’s anything I didn’t cover that you want to know, just ask.