- Being the youngest person ever to work for his hometown newspaper (age 17) and later to be the editor-in-chief of a Boston newspaper (age 23)
- Running an entire non-profit organization as executive director (age 25)
- Becoming the youngest student in the history of the Suffolk University Executive M.B.A. program (age 26)
- Moving more than 10,000 miles to a country where he did not know the language at all and successfully learning an entirely-new industry (online marketing) on a global scale (age 28)
- Becoming Manager of Digital Marketing and Communications for a worldwide marketing and PR firm, working with clients across a wide range of sectors and industries in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East while building and marketing his own websites (age 30)
- Getting promoted to Director of Digital Marketing and Communications and SEO Team Leader (age 32)
- Learning that when working as a London bartender, you never take the beer out of the hand of a drunken Scotsman — no matter how much the night is past “last call” and you want to go home (age 20)
Want to know more? Check out my extended biography (eh, still in progress).
Most likely, you came to this website through finding one of my articles and essays in my journalism blog on politics, culture, economics, and the Middle East. Even though I was laid off of my last journalism job in 2007, the heart of a reporter never dies. In addition to working for The Cline Group and running my other websites on online marketing and my favorite television show, I still write here from time to time as the news and my passions dictate. Since I currently live in Israel, there is always something to discuss.
Now, if you’re still reading this — I am impressed! You must care what I think. Frankly, I hate talking about myself. As a journalist by original trade and a marketer by current trade, I have always preferred to talk to other people — and now, my company’s clients — and then tell their stories. But, after living in, working in, studying in, or traveling to Canada, Egypt, England, India, and Israel (and usually writing about it) in addition to growing up in a small city in southern Illinois and living in Boston for nine years, I guess I have a few stories of my own as well.