"I strive daily to lead with imagination, insight and boldness, presenting a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. My motto is: Make a difference."
Bold & Daring
Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, I was raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, in a middle-class family. Overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles, numerous setbacks, and many challenges is my life story in a nutshell. That has made me the man I am today. I am a bold and daring go-getter who believes that nothing is impossible. I have reached many milestones that people told me were unattainable.
Husband & Father
Introduced by close friends in July 1992, my beautiful bride said 'I do' in October 1993. We have two adult children, both out of college and working in their desired field of study. As empty nester's we sold our home and dramatically downsized. Currently, we reside in the waterfront Washingtonian-Downtown Crown area of Gaithersburg, Maryland. We love it here. It's a great place to call home.
I have served in the public sector for more than 30 years, primarily involved with programs providing direct services to residents in my community. Currently, I serve in a senior management role within one of the largest, most diverse, highly educated and affluent communities in the U.S., located just outside of Washington, DC. I have dedicated my entire professional career to serving the public.
Volunteerism in the community holds a special place in my heart. I have volunteered in the community since age six. I have organized, led, and managed camps, retreats, conferences, seminars, fundraisers, community gatherings, as well as large-scale outreach events, including those that provide critical needs and services for residents of various communities. Additionally, I have served as a Member of the Board of Directors for a variety of non-profit community-based organizations.
Mentor & Coach
Throughout my entire adult life, I have been honored to have mentored and coached hundreds of men and young men, including business professionals, faith leaders, high school students, college students, law enforcement officials, ex-convicts, white-collar, blue-collar and everywhere in-between. In addition to one-on-one work with men, I have led in-person and virtual small groups, and spoken in large group settings to encourage and resource men along life’s journey.
Dream it. Dare it. Do it. I am an experienced public speaker who has addressed groups of a few to crowds of thousands. I have been interviewed on mainstream and community network television stations, and have spoken in a wide variety of venues including community town halls, conference and retreat centers, schools, board rooms, mega-churches, and on-stage at national events such as the annual Fourth-of-July celebration on the National Mall in Washington, DC. I am precise in bringing truth, insight, energy, experience, and passion to teach, encourage and motivate other people to live a full life at home, work, play and everywhere else life takes them!
Pro bono Consultant
For more than a decade, I have served as a consultant utilizing my analytical, leadership, management, communication, organizational and critical thinking skills to make a difference in the community. I have assisted hundreds of non-profit and grassroots community organizations. I am dedicated to helping organizations start and or strengthen resources for their community.
While fairly laid-back, I still enjoy having some fun! For one, I enjoy pranks--sometimes too much. Want to engage me in a roller coaster challenge? Let's do it! Skydiving? I'm in! The outdoors is my happy place--a park, the woods, a nice trail, hiking a mountain, enjoying a saltwater pool, sitting on a cabin porch, touring a winery, tent camping, and sometimes just taking a walk in the neighborhood. Some other fun facts: I've owned some sporty cars from American muscle to some fun imports. Currently, my daily driver is a Volkswagen GTI--if you know what that is, you know; if not, perhaps I just lost you, but that's okay. While not a beer lover, I am certainly enthusiastic about local wines and a wide variety of whiskey. So, maybe not too crazy, but I do enjoy having fun with family, friends, colleagues, neighbors--and with those whom I don't know at a car show, wine festival, or other community gathering. I enjoy doing life with others!
In a nutshell, I am passionate about community. I strive daily to lead with imagination, insight and boldness, presenting a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose in order to make a difference. I am fully immersed in community life!
What’s YOUR story?
What makes YOU tick? What are you passionate about? Message me sometime. I’d love to hear from you and be able to offer encouragement.