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I am an entrepreneur and creative thinker!

Favorite Sayings

Do Good Things

Patience Is a Virtue
Patience Is a Waste of Time
Balancing the Two Creates Success

Basic Principles for Business and Life

Work hard
Do good
Have fun
Most importantly: if you tell someone you’re going to do something, DO IT!

Professional Life

After college, I co-founded (with my brother Bob), built, and managed Ideal Technology Solutions, US. One of Michigan’s technology pioneers, ITS US connected GM, Ford, Chrysler, and automotive suppliers to the Internet.

Later entrepreneurial businesses included Norwegian Jakes, Sun Foods, and Clean Planet Foods. Currently, I am developing Oakland Urban Growers, a large greenhouse in Waterford, which will grow “clean”/non-GMO herbs and vegetables (no marijuana) for commercial distribution to area restaurants and groceries.

Family

My mother, Anna, and father, Chuck, raised me in Royal Oak along with my three brothers and two sisters. My mother, a homemaker, volunteered in many capacities, particularly in the schools where we were enrolled. My father was a teacher and football coach who also owned multiple Royal Oak businesses including Putt-Putt Golf and Dairy Dip on Campbell Road. I love them both dearly; they are still living and active.

am currently engaged to Joyce Towne. We spend as much time as we can with our five children and their families: Nataly (Nick), Charles (Zofia), Jessica, Christine, and Catherine. We have two grandchildren, Wesley and baby Lucas, born 17 August 2017.

Joyce and I also enjoy music, walking Royal Oak streets, biking, and Doing Good Things!

Education and Mentoring

I was born and raised in Royal Oak. I spent my elementary school years at St. Dennis and Guardian Angels, then moved to Bishop Foley High school. At Bishop Foley I was class president for two years, captained the football and wrestling teams in my senior year, and was awarded several sports honors including making the All State Football team.

I graduated from Albion College after four years with a double major: economics/business administration and recreation. While there, I played four years of football on a team that was twice invited to the National Championship playoffs for Division III.

After college, I volunteered as a football coach at Brother Rice with Al Fracassa. During this experience, I developed the “Do Good Things” motto, a principle that still guides my life.