In 2002 I returned to my Northern
California roots (San Leandro and Castro Valley) to look after family
property. In March, I founded Marketing Solutions Group (soon to be an
LLC) in Pleasanton (www.marketingsolutionsgroup.biz) with two partners
(both former classmates from San Leandro High School, class of '62).
We are consultants in marketing, media and advertising.
The move ended 17 years of chamber
of commerce work in Southern California, where I was the executive director
of several chambers of commerce: Lawndale, Hawthorne, Laguna Beach, and
Gardena. In a break from being the CEO of chambers, I had been a publisher
and editor of business newspapers for 15 different cities throughout the
Southland (including Hollywood and Santa Monica). I ended up winning
prizes, twice, from the state chamber for publishing the best business
newspapers in California in my category.
I had gone to L.A. as a career change from having been a stock and commodity
broker from 1971 to 1984 (Merrill Lynch and Dean Witter). From 1978
to '84, I was on San Francisco financial TV, and became the longest running
stockbroker (with Dean Witter) at the time (KEMO and KCSM). In addition,
I was active politically, and in the community, having run for the state
assembly in 1976 in San Leandro.
As a new stockbroker in Houston,
Texas, I had been active in the Toastmasters organization, ultimately
winning speech contests at the district level (statewide) twice and competing
in national level contests, twice. Also in Houston, I was an announcer
on financial radio for two years. I had gone to Houston from having
been a commodity futures analyst (and worldwide newsletter author) for
Merrill Lynch Royal Securities in Winnipeg, Canada. I was also a
member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange there.
Prior to that, I rose to Captain in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in
the Air Force during the Vietnam War, participating in action from Guam
and Okinawa. I was based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Also,
during that time, I was active with the Jaycees. I enjoyed being
a delegate to the 49th and 50th annual national Jaycee conventions, first
in Louisville, Kentucky and then St. Louis, Missouri.
In other areas, I have a book being
sold on Amazon.com (on political campaigning). Also, I'm active
with the University of California (Berkeley) Alumni Association (graduated
from Cal with a BA in Economics).
During the years, all the moving took its toll on family life, where I
have a score card of no runs, no hits, and no errors.
Cheers from Castro Valley,