I had the opportunity to pitch Hill Country Greed: An Austin, Texas Mystery in the Westlake Picayune today.
Age and place of birth: 56. Yorktown, Va.
Family: My wife, Susie, is a trustee at The Girls’ School of Austin and provides public relations support for the school, EMPACT Africa and Alpha Phi Sorority. My daughter, Alex, will graduate in May from the University of Texas with a degree in fashion design, and my daughter, Megan, is a sophomore in the theatre program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Education: Bachelor of science degree at University of Virginia; MBA at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Occupation: I’ve been the chief financial officer for five different companies. Now I’m trying my hand at writing mystery novels.
What’s your career ambition? To write a successful mystery series set in Austin.
What is the latest project in which you are involved? Marketing my debut novel, “Hill Country Greed, An Austin, Texas Mystery.” There are quite a few good scenes that take place in the Westbank suburbs.
What is your favorite business in the Westbank? Texas Honey Ham.
What qualities in people draw you to be their friend? Sincerity, humility, passion and a sense of adventure.
I have a knack for: Befriending people. Everyone loves the Irish – except the English.
The one thing I’d like to change about the Westbank is: Bring back Barnes and Noble.
Most significant or interesting job: After30years with corporate America I turned in my badge to become a writer and indie publisher. The hours are long and the pay is lousy, but I love it.
Which of your civic-oriented accomplishments make you the proudest? Serving on the board of the Eanes Education Foundation.
What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I met my wife, Susie, when we worked at American Airlines’ headquarters. I cruised by her office six times a day until she finally noticed me.
What is your fondest childhood memory? Family beach vacations in Brigantine, N.J.
A bad habit I have is: Too much Netflix – I’m just getting into Breaking Bad; maybe I’ll give it up next month.
If the world were silent for 30 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Why can’t we all just get along?
My most humorous moment was: On an Indian Guides campout with my daughters, I left the cooler out and a raccoon ate every morsel. I had to beg the rest of the tribe for food.
Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: My friend, John, and I rode Greyhound buses across the U.S. when we were 18.
Life’s most challenging endeavor is: Remaining humble in the midst of success and hopeful in the midst of failure.
If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one item that you would you like to have? A great book, the Bible or Shakespeare’s Folio would do nicely.
Is there anything that you passed up on doing that you now regret? I once had the opportunity to interview for the CFO position at Google. It might have been a mistake to pass on that one.
How would you like to be remembered? As a kind, generous, and wise great-grandfather.