I was adopted early in life by two hard-working, loving parents. My older sister and I were raised “old school” – with a spare the rod, spoil the child mentality woven into traditional Catholic upbringing and solid Midwestern values.
Despite these narrow boundaries, I managed to graduate near the bottom of my class in both grade and high school. I played and was about average at every sport I tried – baseball, basketball, boxing, track and field, football, and karate. At the end of the day, during these formative years, I was a well-mannered, warm-hearted, persevering failure. Two traits I had which ultimately “saved the day” were a “don’t take yourself too seriously” sense of humor and a never give up mentality. To push the boundaries of my capabilities I committed myself to return to formal education every 10 years.
I have the great fortune to pursue, fail, correct and achieve countless times in a myriad of entrepreneurial endeavors and professions. From beekeeping, making and selling candles, to owning a number of hotdog stands and a helicopter leasing company.
I continue to practice emergency medicine and law. I am an airline transport rated pilot, adjunct professor at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, physician on the Phoenix PD SWAT team and life-long entrepreneur. Most importantly, I haven’t worked a day in my life because I love what I do.
Despite all that, my ultimate thrill comes from watching the spark in the eyes of those I engage, when they realize they too can accomplish their goals and live the life of their dreams while having a hell of a great time along the way!