After serving my country in the Armed Services as a combat Marine, and spending a year in Vietnam as a Reconnaissance Specialist, I then became a Chicago Police Officer. For twenty years I served the city of Chicago while completing five degrees that include (3) post graduate degrees with an academic specialty in Educational Psychology. While serving the city of Chicago as a police officer for nearly (20) years, I was trained and certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in varied methods of crime detection, and criminal behavioral patterns,and that achievement lead me down a path of steady progression. I was later an instructor at the Chicago Police Academy teaching report writing, suspect recognition, criminal law, the use of force paradigm, and hostage negotiations.
As a part-time educator, I taught classes at Chicago State University, Governors State, and Moraine Valley. As a holder of advanced ranking in the Martial Arts, and Jujitsu, I taught self-defense to incoming police recruits as well, and was later appointed by the mayor of Chicago to lead his gang program via the Department of Human Services, and as it's Executive Director. While there, I implemented and trained my staff to administer, lecture and motivate students in 110 public schools throughout the city of Chicago. This program, through my leadership, received state-wide acclaim and positioned me for many other opportunities within city government. I went on, by way of this program initiative to develop, lobby and finally implement the 'Safe School Zone' Ordinance that is still in effect, but now advanced by the 'Safe Passage' Ordinance which was enacted to protect school children from gang recruitment in and around school property, and through the solicitation of volunteers to insure the safety of children to travel to and from school completely supervised by parents, and other concerned citizens.
I went on to further success when again the mayor of Chicago appointed me to an executive position as a city Commissioner. This position allowed me yet again to become an intricate component of city management while overseeing O'Hare, Midway and Meigs Field Airports via the Department of Aviation. After (10) years at the airports, I was moved to the Department of General Services administering all of the policy and maintenance responsibilities for city owned property. As I held that position as a Commissioner for (17) years, I retired from the city of Chicago in 2004.
I am currently a best selling three time published author having written my autobiography of my Vietnam journey entitled; "365 Days, a Moment in Time," that takes the reader from my 'boot camp' experience, into the 'throws' of battle in the Republic of Vietnam. I've written another book entitled, "My Words, Your Reality, a Guide to Personal and Professional Development. My most recent book is entitled; "Simply Common Cents, Learning to Think Rationally." I am a certified professional speaker, lecturer, trainer, and key note. I currently hold the national leadership position through (SPAA) the Speakers, Publishers and Authors Association, as it's National Chairperson for Chapter Development. As I hold that position, I travel around the country starting and developing new chapters domestically and internationally. As I have traveled, I continously share my life experiences and my successes, as my message is always about commitment, dedication and passion. For those efforts, I was awarded the 'Founders Award for Excellence,' and author of the year. My current work as an author is the sequel to Simply Common-Cents entitled: Commonsense AIN'T that Common!
Serving and helping people from all walks of life is truly my personal mantra as I focus often on kids where I have recently reached out to veterans of the wars both past and present. If any of what I have said interest you, it would be my sincere pleasure to speak wherever I would be needed. In closing, I leave you with this thought: Risk not, lose not, but gain nothing!