I was born in Buffalo, N.Y, ‘Queen City of the Lakes.’ I grew up nearby in East Aurora, N.Y., birthplace of Millard Fillmore. I visited Niagara Falls in all seasons, tasted maple syrup at its source and learned about the different kinds of snow. I played some music, listened to more: I was a child of rock-n-roll who grew up in a house filled with the sounds of big band swing.
I attended Williams College, Rutgers University, then graduated with a degree in philosophy from the (SUNY) University of Buffalo, where I also was editor of the student newspaper. I drove a convertible west to California, where I spent a year in graduate school at Stanford, thanks to the Ford Foundation. Then it was back east to journalism in Washington, D.C., Binghamton, N.Y., Raleigh, N.C., Wichita, Kan., and Oakland, Calif. My marketing and public relations career began in Wichita, and resumed in California at Santa Clara University and Comerica Bank. Along the way, I rode technology’s crest, from desktop, to laptop, to Blackberry to netbook, in desktop publishing, then e-mail, Web sites, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Along the way, there was a radio show, many speeches, and many extraordinary, creative people.
It’s all about building relationships, developing the right content and delivering it to the right people. About the power of the human spirit and the written/spoken word. About integrity and faith — in people and in the divine core in each of us.