My Story & Witness
(Photos of my daughter & I)
I was born in upstate New York and lived there until age six. We moved to Detroit, Michigan because dad was an engineer for Bendix Corporation. In 1958 he was transferred to Orlando, Florida. In Florida I played sports in school and learned about competition, and the importance of discipline. High school to college was a trying time as I attended four colleges to complete my undergraduate degree, and worked thirty five jobs to get the money for it Six months before graduating from the University of Tennessee my parents divorced. Two years later my father died at 52. I missed having him around as a mentor and coach. Before dying he was named "Top" field engineer in America for Bendix. My dad was very smart, and a good father, except when he drank. He always cheered for me in Pop Warner football, 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 in Junior High, I was quarterback, and we won. I loved my dad, but did not understand what a "professional drinker" he was and how it affected his job, my mom and his relationship with me, my brother and sister. At age 17 my brother dropped out of school, joined the Air Force and for the next twenty years I rarely saw him. My sister married early, divorced, and remarried the same man, and was married, until he passed away in 2015.
High school was when our family "dis-functionality" showed up. I got hurt my senior year as quarterback of the "hopeful" backfield, to be state champions in Florida football. When this happened my dad's drinking increased it seemed, because I was unable to play my senior year, and lost any chance for a football scholarship. Two years after graduation my parents divorced after twenty seven years. Right after that he was fired from Bendix, because of drinking, I think. When my dad was sober he was entrepreneur driven. So, he started designing and manufacturing his own connectors hired a WWII Veteran, who lost both legs and walked with prosthetic legs. This man had a 4-year old daughter born with an appendage growth on her left leg. I mention this only because it really touched my heart, that my dad was so willing to help someone with obvious challenges. I respected him very much for this, and learned from it, that it's not the "person in the fight" but "the fight in the person", and this man was a fighter!
My mother was always loving and the spiritual leader in our family. Because of her, I have always worked on strengthening my relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ and my mother taught me to pray to forgive.
Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee the Vietnam War was raging, and I was going to be drafted. So, I applied and was accepted into the U.S. Navy, Officer Candidate School and military flight training school. I received my commission but during flight training we were informed that Vietnam was winding down we could request an early out with an Honorable Discharge. I did, and then moved to California. After a year I decided to join the U.S Peace Corps and went to Ethiopia. In my two years there I was sick with amoebic dysentery many times, typhoid fever, a kidney stone that finally passed, broke my ankle from a motorcycle accident, and survived Malaria, but almost died from it.
When I cam back I went to the University of Central Florida and graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. I then worked for The Palms Counseling Center as a counselor and as manager in charge of opening five centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I left and opened the Counseling & Personal Growth Center, in Orlando, Florida for five years.
My next step was to open a training company and then the Business Development Center, in Orlando. The services offered were the same as I am doing with The BOSS™. But, I needed a mentor and read Success Magazine 1984 issue with Diane Sawyer's photo on the cover and a second article "Mr. Write-Jim Howard. It was about the late "Jim" Howard, Harvard graduate, owner of Symbax Business Services, New York City, former owner of the 6th largest public relations finance firm in America and that handled the successful President Richard Nixon's election campaign. Jim's expertise was business valuations, how to raise funds, acquisition, sale of small businesses, valuation formula and strategic marketing.
Once he agreed to mentor me I had to pay him $25,000 in advance, for one week of training in NYC. But, I did not have the money. So, I read and studied how to write a business plan and raised the money. Six months later I raised $1.25 million for a military simulation startup and from that time forward, Jim took me to the Harvard Club for mentoring when I was in New York. This was a priceless relationship that I cherished until he passed away in 1999 and played a key part in my thoughts and ideas for The BOSS™ program.
My business and personal experience includes the pain from being forced out of two companies, which resulted in a divorce, bankruptcy and having my life turned upside down. My brother was working as a consultant in Indonesia and invited me to visit him and I did and then stayed there six years working for my own consulting company, P.T. Cosmorindo Megah. However, my first job in Indonesian was in 1992 as Director of the MBA Program at I.E.U. Institute of Management. It was a "Top Ten" Southeast Asian MBA program, located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The owners were/are Abdul Gafur a former Minister of Sports and in 2006 became Governor of Maluku. Kemala Motik, his wife and Presdient of IEU was from one of the wealthiest families in Indonesia.
In 1996, I negotiated a multi-million dollar pro-basketball deal to provide five million funding, marketing and pro-basketball support, from the U.S.. My partners were the Indonesian pro basketball association and league and the Minister of Communication, who was also Chairman of the pro-basketball organization. After eighteen months, ten round trips to the U.S., securing $300,000 development funding in Orlando, the deal finally came together in October 1997. But, on November 1, 1997 President Soeharto appeared on Indonesian national television and announced that Indonesia's economy was in a tail spin and the next day "29" major banks would be closed. This was from the "Asian Economic Flu" it was named which was devaluation of five of Southeast Asia's currencies. January 19, 1998 we were forced to leave everything and under duress, returned to Orlando.
I started working on The BOSS™ as a concept in 1998 and in 2001 began putting my plan 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 draft business plan. In 2007-2008 new developments called for a change in the original website appearance. I realized it needed to focus more on using the platforms available to deliver The BOSS™ products and services I wanted to offer.
In 2008 after a eight trips to the hospital, my wife insisted I change my profession. So, in late 2009 I joined the top vacation ownership company in the world, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc.. While there I became a top sales executive selling $6.7 million of vacation ownership real estate in 6.5 years and awarded The Presidents Club trips two years.
I hope my "witness" and being honest, has not caused you to leave The BOSS™ website, depressed you, or demotivated you. Instead, I hope and pray it has inspired you to take action, and to go ahead and start your own business, knowing that:
"What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve, with the help of GOD,
and of course