I am an experienced entrepreneur with substantial tax law background having served in several federal government management positions with increasing responsibilities over a 30 year Treasury Department-Internal Revenue Service career which included a 5-year assignment to Saudi Arabia with the Foreign Service. This experience has provided a unique perspective and insight into business dealings.
During my career(s) I have developed several specialties: strong organizational and time management skills which allow for a variety of ongoing activities ranging from investment & financial advice, tax consultation & defaulted paper activities, oversight of several small business operations and the most recently launched affiliate marketing concerns.
All of these activities have allowed for the development of personal specialty skills in facilitating, negotiating, business design and development, business oversight, and consultation, and I would love to share them with you!
Well, I was raised in love with two brothers in the poverty neighborhoods of Charleston, South Carolina. My mother worked in a cigar factory; rolling cigars for pennies a day, while my brothers and I stayed with my Aunt before she got too sick. After that, we had a nanny to watch over us while mom worked. My fondest memories were of “sugar-milk” treats and “sugar-bread”, the special treats for behaving.
We didn’t know we were poor; didn’t know that we were supposed to be racists because we were southerners. Poverty doesn’t make a racial distinction. We all just pulled together to get by.
My first job was a paper route in Charleston after school at the age of 10; then I worked at the Piggly Wiggly as a stock boy for $.25 an hour – working my way up to .50 an hour. I remember my pride at being able to give my mother my paycheck to help out.
The next chapter is my teenage years which largely took place in Norfolk, Virginia. And like most teenagers at the time, our turned up collars and “duck-tail” haircuts categorized us as “tough” guys. If not for a series of events, I could be writing a whole different story.
One of those events and perhaps the most important was my decision to enter the military. And of course, being a “tough guy”, there was only one choice.
The United States Marine Corps was a turning point. The Corps not only kicked the shit and cockiness out of me, they made me learn what type of person I am and-and what can be accomplished through sheer will. It is the type of experience that all young men and women should experience to truly understand what they are made of and what they can do. I often create arguments for telling people it would really build the moral fiber of this country if we had a mandatory service requirement for all young adults.
To your Success!