I am a coach and storyteller.
I’ve spent over five thousand hours coaching some of the coolest people on earth as a Group Chair with Vistage Florida. It’s a remarkable business model. I surround myself with dynamic executives who want to learn and improve daily, and I get to ride shotgun on the journey.
I’ve always been a storyteller, but only recently did it take the form of “writer.” In my head I’ve got two thrillers, three young adult adventures, and at least two leadership books swimming around. Now it’s time to write them. I recently finished the manuscript for Castro’s Shadow and the fun is just beginning.
I strive to be what James Michener described as a “Master in the Art of Living.”
Master in the Art of Living
A master in the art of living
draws no sharp distinction
between his work and his play,
his labor and his leisure,
his mind and his body,
his education and his recreation.
He hardly knows which is which.
He simply pursues his vision
of excellence through whatever
he is doing and leaves
others to determine
whether he is working or playing.
To himself, he always seems
to be doing both.
- James A. Michener
I spent my first fifteen years in Ohio, where I lived in the Rooster House, cheered on the Big Red Machine, and learned to love Three Way Chili and Graeter’s Ice Cream. My family moved to Northern Virginia in the “Remember the Titans” era and I learned a bit more about the real world. As part of the first graduating class at a new school, we were essentially seniors for three years. We owned the world, from Burke Lake to Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach. I spent four years at William and Mary, where the 18th century was only a block away. The Cheese Shop, the Dirty Deli and Kappa Sig made for a great memories and lifelong friends. When I came to Florida more than thirty years ago, I thought I’d stay for a year and then go back home and get a real job. I was wrong. Florida is home. I was a commercial banker and investment banker before finding my calling as a Vistage Chair*. My proudest – and most humbling – roles are as husband and father.
*Yes, I know a chair is a piece of furniture, providing a surface for people to place their posteriors while they relax, work, or just “take a load off.” At first I was uncomfortable being associated with this shortened, politically correct title, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it is a perfect metaphor for what I do.