Who      

Who Am I?

Like many others, I’m just a simple, hard-working individual trying to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex often confusing world…

Who just so happens to have a few things to say and is hoping to “start the conversation”…

 

The Early Years –

I was born and raised in a small town on the shores of Lake Erie – Sandusky, OH – home of one of the best amusement parks in the world, Cedar Point.  Yep, I’m just a good ol’ country boy from northern Ohio who spent his childhood riding in the beds of pick-up trucks, exploring my interest in nature and the great outdoors, and getting into just enough mischief to test my parents’ patience.  I eventually graduated high school – with honors (surprisingly) – in 1979 and accepted athletic and academic scholarships to attend a small college in rural Ohio.

 

College Daze –

Armed with my Catholic school education and with those good old Midwest values deeply ingrained in me, I set out to discover the world – in beautiful Ashland OH, where I became an Ashland College Eagle.   Only this eagle did not fly – I soon discovered my beautiful mind was not wired for Advanced Calculus and I failed miserably in my pursuit of a biomedical engineering degree.  I did, however, have the honor of playing for a coach now enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame though. This college dropout soon concluded “the bigger the city, the bigger the opportunity” and relocated to the Cleveland area, where I spent the next few years working nights and pursuing my academic interests during the day – eventually earning degrees in Computer Science and Finance/Economics from Baldwin-Wallace College.

 

Career –

In possession of pieces of paper declaring “he’s educated”, this Yankee invaded the Southeast United States, determined to make my mark on the world.  After years occupying rather mundane, unfulfilling accounting roles at major corporations like Union Pacific and General Electric, I sought more challenging and creative opportunities as an IT consultant. Soon thereafter, my first child – TNA Consulting Group – was born. My life became filled with requirements documents, technical specifications, PowerPoint templates and lethal amounts of whiskey. It’s been an extremely rewarding career, allowing for personal growth and development, extensive travel, and pursuit of my varied hobbies and other interests.

 

Time of Transition –

And now, after twenty-some years of doggedly pursuing the “American dream” – from Cleveland to Atlanta, from Tampa to Charlotte, and other spots in between –  I’ve come to realize I’m not passionately pursuing MY dream anymore. It is definitely past time to get out of this exhausting 9-to-5 rat race and do what I most enjoy. It’s time to tend to my creative nature and pursue my artistic interests in writing, painting and photography. So, I find myself going through yet another transition – searching for a simpler, more fulfilling, less stressful, more compassionate and charitable lifestyle. And in doing so, I hopefully can discover ways to make a more significant contribution to society and the betterment of mankind. As I sit here this evening, I find myself wondering if this tiny space on the web can become an example of just how awesome and life-altering the Internet can be.

 

Other Tidbits About Me –

So, all in all, if I had to describe myself I’m just a simple man who is well-read, educated, opinionated wise man with a mischievous nature, gypsy soul and sarcastic wit.

And if I had to fill out a questionnaire about my hobbies it would probably look like this: I love Harley rider, gardening, travel.  bourbon on the rocks, chips and salsa, Britpop, and television that excels at being really awful.