I’m a Catholic and proud American, a former Marine fighter pilot, currently a business executive, writer and observer of the world. Since shrinks are expensive and confession booths aren’t open on command, I decided to blog instead. As I apply my unique lens to the world, it’s edifying––at least for me––like removing bubbles from champagne for clarity.
Since perspective on ALL things human and divine is a tad ambitious, I’ve narrowed my site’s focus by dropping “all.” Within this smaller playing field, I plan to write about matters that generally attract my attention––religion, culture, politics, the military, and news items occasionally out of left field. Since I’m a former atheist who converted to Catholicism, more times than not, I see the world through a spiritual lens––mildly irreverent and gently satiric as well. Trifocals as it were.
I plan to post two to three times a week. If you’re interested in receiving notifications of new posts, please subscribe! Or bookmark! I’ll be both humbled and appreciative.
There are two approaches to outlining my background. The formal curriculum vitae would begin as follows:
- 20+ Years Accomplished Real Estate Experience / Fund & Asset Management / Acquisitions, Development, Operations & Divestitures / U.S. & International / Mature & Emerging Markets / Institutional Investment / Joint Ventures / Fiduciary
- Proven success in utilizing talents and expertise to make significant impact on private/public, world-class entities. Principal (1 of 3) in firm that advised more institutional/pension fund real estate capital ($60 billion) than anyone else in the world. Played key role in underwriting and delivering a fairness opinion for $1.5 billion international real estate portfolio providing 18% IRR return to institutional investors. Direct senior project management experience on world-class developments valued at over $800 million.
However, I prefer a more informal approach.
I’m curious by nature and undaunted by the unknown, so consequently I’ve notched a number of careers. Educated in zoology (B.S.) and business (M.B.A.), I’ve been a Marine Captain, Harrier fighter pilot and screenwriter and have worked with the best and brightest in micropaleontology, real estate development and institutional investing.
At one time I was represented by the head literary agent at a major talent agency, have appeared on TV demonstrating the spectacular AV8 Harrier, been pictured on the cover of USA Today for no good reason other than dating a movie star, been recruited by the CIA, given speeches to the largest institutional investors in the world, briefed the Chinese Defense Minister on secret stuff, survived a jet crash, been featured in a Japanese golf magazine, experienced miracles and talked to God (most satisfying). Weekends were a whole other matter.
Having most recently lived in the wilds of Wyoming with my beloved dog Lani (pictured above at eight weeks)––without becoming a hunter’s trophy––my suitcase is always packed in anticipation of the next great stage of my journey.
But for the moment, I’m living in Solvang, California. Beautiful horse country, lots of vineyards, and very welcoming people.