The author was born in Peoria, Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He married his college sweetheart, and they have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law and five grandchildren. He was a senior executive with several Fortune 500 and high-technology companies specializing in human resources, operations management, public relations and government affairs. Following his corporate career, he entered public service and served as a senior official in the New Jersey Commerce Commission responsible for the state’s business attraction, retention and international trade programs. In this position, he traveled throughout the U. S. and the World, representing and promoting his state to the highest levels of domestic and international business and governments. He now writes, relaxes and enjoys his family in his lakefront home located in Western North Carolina.