I am a former U.S. Marine/MSG (7yrs) and spent approximately 12 years in the international security field providing security services for our U.S. Embassies abroad. Most of that was in the private sector.
I have travelled all over the world and seen many interesting places and cultures. My wife is from Bogota Colombia and I met her 15 years ago while working at the embassy there. She is an amazing woman and I love her dearly!
After leaving the Middle East in 2000, I had a mid-life crisis so-to-speak lol, and decided to change careers. Lucent Technologies was hiring in my area (Louisville, KY) at the time so I took a leap of faith and hired on with them.
After being there just two years (the bottom fell out in the telecomm industry) I was laid off so I was back to square one. I didn't let that get me down though and decided that was my opportunity to complete my education. Lucent offered an educational assistance severance package so I took full advantage of it instead of sitting around and complaining about why I got laid off.
I completed my bachelors degree in Business Management at IWU and went on to complete my Masters degree in Business Management as well. During graduate school, I applied for the Department of Veterans Affairs and hired on as a Veterans Service Representative.
Eventually, I was promoted to a position called the Joint Services Records Research Coordinator and in a nutshell, I was responsible for the research and most of the development of all Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims that came to our office.
If any of you have ever worked for the government, you know the quagmire of bureaucracy that is involved with the government. I loved my position and responsibility at the VA but hated the system! Simply put, from a management and military perspective, the operational procedures set in place at the VA severely conflicted with the mission statement of the organization.
That is from my perspective only and is the simplest way I know how to describe my experience there. Anyway, after three years there, I had finally had enough and without going into all the details, I resigned.
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to start my own business but I never really sat down and had serious thoughts about what that could be, until now. I am not the brightest star in the sky, but I am not an idiot either, lol, and I can certainly learn and I am willing to do whatever it takes to succeed at this.
I have many ideas that I want to start and I feel that I have come to the right place to learn! Thanks for your time and I look forward to meeting and conversing with all who wish to correspond with me.