Following high school, I attended Pierce College for two years and then transferred to San Diego State, graduating in 1970. I then moved back to West Los Angeles, went to work in the car business for a couple of years, then moved into advertising sales and married my first wife for all of the wrong reasons. We amicably divorced after four years.
I entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1976. In 1978, I married the love of my life, Karen. We are celebrating our 37th anniversary this year.
I remained in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years in multiple sales positions. The last 20 years were in Field Sales Management. I hired, trained, developed and promoted many young people.
We also started our family with a son, Brett, in 1979 and a daughter, Lauren, in 1983. Both are now married and have begun families of their own. Our son has a boy, Kellan (almost three) and our daughter has a girl, Sloane (one). Being a grandparent is something very special and we are very fortunate living within a couple miles of each, in Huntington Beach.
While in the pharmaceutical business, I had major account and people responsibility for Southern California and Hawaii, ultimately purchasing a timeshare on Kauai in 1985 (which we visit every year). In 1999, we acquired a second home in Palm Springs and love the desert, too.
. I have maintaind lifelong friendships with Cleveland classmates, Linell Zink MacKenzie, Bill Fenton (Class of 1966), Dave and Carole Crall, Mike Sallee and, more recently (the last 15 years), Ken and Sue Small and Earl Bayless. I can’t wait to see the many friends attending the reunion, some going back to Lauren Street Elementary and Northridge Junior High.
I continue to work in the health care industry as an independent contractor a couple of days a week, yet also make time to play golf 2-3 days a week. I also love to cook, especially smoking and grilling.
I lost my brother during basic training at Fort Ord in 1970 and have noted, with sadness, the many names from our class that have also left us.