Tell us about your background, where you were born, what life growing up was like, where you went to school, etc...
I was born in West Virginia , USA , in a place called Bethlehem , just outside of Wheeling , WV . I was born at home, during a snowstorm, the last of five children, the first born of twins. We moved to Arizona when I was a year and a half and I grew up in the western U.S. Our home was in a Government camp on the Colorado River at Parker Dam, California . It was an ideal place to raise children, no TV, no radio, and we had no phone until I was a sophomore in high school. I graduated second in my class from Parker High School and received a B.S. in Geography at Northern Arizona University. I met my wife, Claudia, at NAU and we were married in 1965.
What do you do for a living? Who do you work for? How rewarding is your job? Share some of your career highlights.
I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Chairman and Residency Program Director of a large Obstetrics and Gynecology department for a large county hospital in Phoenix , Arizona . I am employed by the largest doctors organization in the state. I am almost 60, so my rewards in my job come from having experience with many situations. I help 31 residents and 30 attendants with whatever challenges come up in their day-to-day lives. I have always worked directly with those who runn the organization, as an executive assistant.
How did you get this job, and how did you get to where you are in your career?
I got my current job through networking with the father of my son-in-law, but I had to have good skills to be considered for the position. I got to where I am in my career by sharpening my skills. It helped to own a word processing center in our home. I found out how hard it is to run a business and had more empathy for my employers after trying to start my own company.