As a graduate engineer with post-graduate work towards an MBA, he was involved in management capacities for almost ten years before beginning his dream of starting and owning his own company in 1973. He started his business in the basement of his home as the only full-time employee and grew the firm to become a manufacturing company of 120 persons when he sold it in 2006. His writing experience includes an article for Modern Castings, an article for the engineering school magazine, a story for a national building systems design magazine, and a monthly column for the Illinois Professional Engineer entitled Ecologic. He was born and grew up in Moline, Illinois. He earned his way through the University of Iowa in the College of Engineering on a full basketball scholarship. Presently, he lives with his wife of fifty years in Riverdale, Iowa, where they have lived for almost forty years. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.