Enough About Me
I am very proud to call myself a Michigander!
I was raised in a small town in southeast Michigan, graduating all 200 from my high school class, and I think all went to college. I earned a Navy ROTC scholarship and I selected the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to do my studies. [I had a great experience with the Navy life as well]. I graduated as an Industrial and Operations Engineer (sometimes known as efficiency engineering). With that, I worked on time studies, budgeting, auditing, and Return On Investment proposals and reviews.
I used computers to a great extent to crunch the numbers, and seeing the great opportunity, I got a job working with personal computers as they were just taking off. My technical and communications skills lead to a management position with a Computer City/Inacomp, where I accepted a regional position as support manager for their brand new Chicago territory. It was exciting to be an integral part of start-up, with an explosive growth plan. I was hiring and training staff for the new company and franchise stores. We grew from zero to 10, full-support stores, in less than 2 years. One store right downtown!
While Chicago leveled off, I took an opportunity to return to Ann Arbor, and after various consulting jobs, I settled down to work for a fabulous company, for almost 15 years now, A & D Technology, Inc. where I am today, as Information Technology Manager. At A&D, we develop World Class test equipment technology for battery, engine, and powertrain testing, and other high technology products for research.
My ideas matured as I became real world educated, having working in, and eventually owning private sector businesses. Still, just a hard working guy, providing real goods and services.
It is very nice to settle into the neighborhood where I live now in Ypsilanti. People are nice and seem to still have a strong sense of community, personal responsibility and civility. Even in these tough times.
I considered myself an independent thinker and voter to this day, but in reflection, I had been voting conservatively.
I am looking forward to meeting a great many more of you in the campaigning days ahead. Please volunteer to help me - by mentioning my name to a friend and a neighbor, and talk with a busy corner owner for a yard sign for me.
Thank you for taking the time to know me better, and remember to vote.