Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1961. My father was ex air force working in a steel mill, my mother was his British overseas bride. I was transplanted to Chippenham, England in 1970 where I attended a public grammar school. I graduated from the University of London with a bachelors degree in geology in 1982 and returned to the United States to reacquaint myself with a father that I had not seen in 12 years. I worked in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area until 1994 in several sales and sales management positions. After two lay offs and one merger within the first 10 years of entering the corporate workforce I made the decision to strike out on my own and pursue a hobby related business in 1994 that afforded me the opportunity to travel all over the country. In late 1994, I moved to Dayton, Ohio.