I was born in the Bronx (New York) and moved to Port Washington (on Long Island) at the age of 8.
I was the 2nd of 5 children, and our Mom and Dad both worked part time as Real Estate Agents in order to supplement my Dad's "day-time job" so that all the kids could go to College. Each of the kids had some type of job which enhanced the supplemented income - because we turned over half what we earned to our parents.
The end result of our efforts, aside from the work ethic we all learned, was that all 5 of us earned our degrees in 4 years. We graduated from Princeton, Duke, LeMoyne, Georgetown, and I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where I focused on Marketing.
My first position out of College was in an Advertising Company (now defunct) on Madison Avenue where I became a little "street-smarter" in how to create ad campaigns that worked.
I left the Advertising Agency and took a position with Bankers Trust (also now defunct) where my responsibility was to determine the feasibility and viability of establishing a Branch Office of the bank at various real estate sites offered to the bank. In essence, this was an entry into Commercial Real Estate where multiple criteria were evaluated to determine the profitability of each possibility.
On one excursion for the bank, I was sent to Poughkeepsie, N.Y to look at a site location. The country was absolutely beautiful (the lower Hudson Valley), it was certainly less crowded than working in Manhatten, and IBM had a huge facility there.
So, looking at location and career opportunities I then joined and spent 10 years with IBM, both in Poughkeepsie and then in Washington, D.C. where I was now in the "Tech World" handling computer sales support in such accounts as the Dept. of Justice, the Senate, and Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts.
Then on to a company called Storage Technology Corporation and then to EMC Corporation. In each of those 2 companies I handled sales support, created product presentations, trained the sales force in product marketing (not product selling), created Webinars, video training, and everything else related to Product Management.
I was Product Manager, Corporate Competitive Manager, Corporate Marketing Manager and eventually the Corporate Director of the Executive Briefing Center Program.
I am still happily married to my first wife and we live in Alpharetta, GA.
We've lived on Long Island, Poughkeepsie, Bethesda, MD, and then in 1979 moved to Marietta, GA. By 1979 we had had 3 children where we were deeply involved in Ice Skating (our daughter became the youngest Ice Dancer Gold Medalist in the history of the Atlanta Skating Club), Baseball (where our older son had competed in the Colt League World Series and played at Furman University), and Golf (where our younger son had played on the Golf Team at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL).
An incredible job opportunity opened in Boston, so we packed up and moved to Boston in 1993, where I spent my final years of employment.
At the end of my employment, we couldn't wait to get back to Atlanta, so, in 2004 we ended up here in Alpharetta where we reside today.
Having all dispersed at one point to all 4 corners of the U.S. (we were in Boston, older son stayed in Atlanta, daughter was in Seattle and younger son was in Tucson), everyone eventually returned to the Atlanta. And here we are with the 3 great and successful kids and 3 awesome grandchildren.