My Story & Witness
I was born in upstate New York and lived there until age six. Dad was an engineer for Bendix Corporation. He was transferred from Schenectady to Detroit where we lived up to 1958, then he was transferred and we moved to Orlando, Florida, where I grew up. Dad was named top field engineer for the Bendix Connector Division the second year in Florida. I started playing sports in elementary school and played Pop Warner football in Detroit and then baseball and football in Florida. Sports taught me about the importance of competing and the importance of discipline.
I attended four colleges to complete my undergraduate degree and worked thirty five jobs to get the money to pay for it. Six months before graduating from the University of Tennessee my father died at age fifty two. From then on I missed having him around as a mentor and coach. He always cheered for me at Pop Warner football games, when I hit my first home run in Little League, as the pitcher with the most wins and home runs in Pony League, and at the Kumquat Bowl Championship for junior high school, played at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando. Dad was also, in my opinion, very smart, and a good father, except when he drank. I loved him but I did not understand what a professional drinker he was and how it affected his job, my mom and his relationship with my brother and sister. At age seventeen my brother dropped out of school joined the Air Force staying twenty years so I rarely saw him. My sister married early, divorced and remarried the same man and stayed married until he passed away in 2015.
High school was when our family "dis-functionality" really showed up. I got hurt my senior year as quarterback of the Winter Park High School football team, touted to be state champions in Florida football that year. When I got hurt it seemed like my dad's drinking increased. It may have been because I was unable to play my senior year so I lost any chance for a football scholarship. Two years before graduation from college my parents divorced after twenty seven years of marriage and right after that my dad was fired from Bendix because of his drinking.
My dad was entrepreneur driven and started a business designing and manufacturing his own line of cable connectors and hired a WWII Veteran to lead manufacturing. He had lost both legs in WWII and walked with prosthetic legs. I remember this man and his four year old daughter who was born with an appendage growth on her left leg but her dad loved her very much. I mention this because it really touched my heart since dad was so willing to help someone with obvious challenges and I respected him very much for this. I learned from it that it's not the "person in the fight" but "the fight in the person" that matters and this man was a fighter!
My mother was always loving and the spiritual leader in our family. She taught me to pray and forgive myself and others. Because of her I have always worked on strengthening my relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee the Vietnam War was raging, and I knew I was going to be drafted so I decided to apply and was accepted into the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School and for military flight training. I received my commission but during flight training all future pilots were informed that we may pull out of Vietnam and we could request an "early out" with an Honorable Discharge. I did and then moved to California where i lived two years. This is when I decided to join the U.S Peace Corps and was assigned to Ethiopia and was there for two years. While there I was sick with amoebic dysentery many times, typhoid fever, a kidney stone, broke my ankle in a motorcycle accident and survived a severe case of malaria.
Upon returning to the U.S in 1975 I went to the University of Central Florida (formerly Florida Technological University) graduating with an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and minor in math. From there I went to work for The Palms Counseling Center as a counselor and manager in charge of opening five centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After accomplishing this I decided to open the Counseling & Personal Growth Center in Orlando. I owned it five years and it was my private practice clinic with a second office in Kissimmee, Florida.
After five years I was burned out and decided to start a training company by hiring "experts" to do seminars all over the state. That led to starting, funding and running in 1984 the Business Development Center, Inc., Orlando. The services offered were the same that I do with The BOSS™. While doing the consulting I realized I needed a business financing mentor so while reading a June 1984 issue of Success Magazine featuring Diane Sawyer on the cover I also read the article"Mr. Write-Jim Howard." It was about the late James "Jim" Howard, a Harvard graduate and owner of Symbax Business Services, New York City. He had owned the sixth largest public relations-finance firm in America that handled the successful "Nixon for President" election campaign. However, Jim's core expertise was business valuations, how to raise funds, acquisitions and the purchase and sale of small businesses using his own valuation formula and strategic marketing.
In 1985 I reached out to Jim and he agreed to mentor me with one major requirement, I had to pay him $25,000 in advance for one week of training at his office at Rockefeller Center in New York City. But, I did not have the money so I learned how to write a business plan and then ask a former consulting client to invest $50,000 and he did. Six months later I successfully raised $1.2 million, with Jim's guidance, for a military simulation startup. From that time forward Jim always invited me to the Harvard Club for mentoring sessions when I was in New York. His was a priceless relationship that I cherished until he passed away in 1999. Jim's influence played a key part in my thoughts and ideas for The BOSS™ program which I will launch as my dream business soon!
My business and personal experience includes the pain of being forced out of two companies and two divorces I did not want, plus having my life turned upside down. The first was when my brother was working as a consultant in Jakarta and invited me to visit him there. I wound up staying for six years and met my second wife, an Indonesian.
My first job in Indonesia was Director of the MBA program at I.E.U. Institute of Management. This was a top ten Southeast Asian MBA university in Jakarta, at the time. The owners were Abdul Gafur a former Minister of Sports and Governor of Maluku and his wife Kemala Motik who was President of IEU and from one of the wealthiest families in Indonesia.
In my second year there I bought a consulting company P.T. Cosmorindo Megah that I ran for six years. In 1996, I negotiated a multi-million dollar pro-basketball deal which stipulated that I would raise $5 million (US) in funding, develop a new marketing plan, and secure pro-basketball support from the U.S. My partners were KOBATMA the Indonesian pro basketball league and PERBASI the pro basketball association. Our partner was the Minister of Communication who was also Chairman of pro-basketball in Indonesia. After eighteen months, ten round trips to the U.S., and securing $300,000 development funding in Orlando, the deal came together in October 1997. One month later, November 1, 1997 President Soeharto appeared on Indonesian national television and announced that Indonesia's economy was in a tail spin and the very next day twenty nine major banks would be closed. This was the effect of what was termed the "Asian Economic Flu" which was the devaluation of five of Southeast Asia's country currencies. On January 18, 1998 my wife, who was seven and one half months pregnant and I were forced to leave everything and under extreme duress return to Orlando with barely enough money to rent an extended stay living apartment.
I started working on The BOSS™ concept in 1998 and in 2001 began putting the vision together. From January to March 2003 and August to October 2006 I had a self-funded business talk radio show in Orlando named The BOSS™. From 2002-2004 I toyed with ideas about the method and platform to use to deliver The BOSS™ and in 2005 secured the domain name. I then started developing the website and initial business plan. In 2007-2008 new developments called for a change in the original website appearance as I realized I needed to focus more on using the various platforms available to deliver The BOSS™ products and services.
In 2008 after eight emergency trips to the hospital for a stomach problem my wife insisted I get a job and not do consulting. In late 2009 I was hired as a sales rep with Wyndham Vacation resorts, Inc. the top vacation ownership company in the world. I worked at their "Crown Jewel" location Bonnet Creek, across from the Waldorf Astoria and largest Hilton Hotel project in the world, all inside the gates of Disney. While there I became a top sales executive selling $6.7 million in 6.5 years and was awarded Presidents Club trips twice.
In 2014, I was rocked by my wife of 19 years and with me 24 when she said she wanted a divorce. At that time my daughter was 16. It hurt my daughter and me very much. The next four years were trying in many ways. Today, July 2018, I am sitting as CEO of LMW International, Inc. and have a contract to purchase a hotel in a very good location in Florida. I will convert it to timeshare. In the mean time my daughter has become one of the lead singers at her church that sees 2-3,000 attendees per week and she also just completed a one year internship on leadership and music at the church.
I hope this has inspired you to take action and to go ahead and Start, Fund and Run your own business, and believe that:
"What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve, with the help of GOD"
and of course with