I had the unique opportunity to have various occupations starting at age twelve when I spent my summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings. I learned a lot from him and used the lessons to contract my first home at age nineteen and built my own home by age twenty.
I’ve operated one-person businesses for more than 30 years. Twelve years of my life were spent working for local government running federally-assisted housing programs starting as an inspector and moving to Director of Community Improvement with 78 employees when I resigned to do writing and consulting full-time.
Writing, Publishing and Consulting
My first publishing company was Rehab Notes Library and we published a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England. I also did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country.
I wrote and published nine guidebooks on the subject of housing rehabilitation. After 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.
Over Twenty-Five Years of Woodworking
For over twenty-five years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing books about my experiences and still write them today with my latest published in January of 2016.
Personal One-on-One Publishing
My company, Positive Imaging, LLC, does what I call personal publishing on my books and the books of others. I help authors to publish their books with one-on-one, personal assistance. To date I have published eighteen print books in addition to the nine on housing, more than a half dozen ebooks, and presently have several books in various stages of completion. Click the bookstore button above to check out my books.
My computer experience dates back more than twenty years and began in response to poor technical support for my wife Barbara’s computer. I used home study to acquire A+ and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certifications and became the IT Manager for the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas where I just retired this January after 20 years.
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances.