Bios are bullshit.
Mentors and significant events are everything.
I started my career at age 16 learning to sell expensive custom suits from one of the great clothiers of his time. Frustrated with working for minimum wage and making other people rich, my college roommate and I started a window cleaning business that still remains today. While running the window cleaning company for over 8 years, I learned the art of closing business and leveraging relationships to radically grow small businesses. I later received a call from IBM and took a job in the sales department in 1988 which proved only that I was not meant for big corporate crap.
While working in my 20’s, I completed an MBA and a Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis on idea generation and creativity. I was lucky enough to be mentored by great minds such as:
- Eugene Swearingen, Ph.D., Stanford University
- Rinne Martin, Ph.D., Miami of Ohio
- Harry Coblenz, Ph.D., Oxford University
And business leaders such as:
- Jim Bigl
- Mark Wright
- Bert Brodsky
I knew that to achieve my life goals, I needed to continue specialized education beyond the doctoral work. So I went on to earn my Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor credential at Loyola of Chicago and at age 51, I am finishing up a certification in innovation from Stanford University.
Using these life experiences to my advantage, I have served in leadership roles at Interchange PMP as President, NMHCRX as Senior Vice President, CCK Strategies as CEO, and am currently serving as Managing Partner for four companies in the healthcare claims processing space.