When I set out to write a personal bio, it occurred to me that the best approach to this was a historical timeline approach. Here it goes...
May 22nd 1980
Though reportedly requiring little effort on my part, I consider my birth an important personal accomplishment. It's the one small feat that made all else possible.
Mastering the complexities of balance and locomotion, I was truly ready to go places.
Today, it's hard to believe, but the high point of my vocabulary was "fire tuck."
Mrs. Fourlines, my first grade teacher, taught me to read and write. Important, because illiterate people make lousy copywriters.
1987 thru 1997
Grew several feet, underwent repeated changes in vocal pitch, etc, etc.
1998 thru 2002
Attended Rutgers University, attaining a Bachelors of Science in Marketing with a 3.25 GPA and induction into the school's Advertising Hall of Fame.
1999 thru 2002
During my time at Rutgers University, I worked with a consumer and environmental rights group known as PIRG. Organizing many campaigns and events, I climbed to the top of the organization, becoming Board Chair in 2001.
During college, I interned three days a week at The STAR Group, one of the top agencies in the Philadelphia market. While there, I worked with Account Services in preparation of an RFP to the New Jersey Board of Tourism.
2003 thru 2004
I worked with The Media & Marketing Group, a subsidiary of STAR for 16 months as a Junior Copywriter. The pace was fast, the work exciting and the experience much more like a decade.
My brother and I bicycled across America, crossing 13 states and hitting both coasts. Along the way we visited many towns and cities, and decided to move to Denver. In the press...
It's a three-day drive, and I spent each one following the sun to my new home by the Rockies.
January thru March 2005
After shopping myself around to various Denver ad agencies, I decided to take a job on the client side. A few months later, a little staff trimming caused me to transition to an external consultant. My relationship with Gates continues today.
April 2005 thru September 2007
As master of my own destiny and doer of my own taxes and such, I was allowed to take on new projects with new clients as I saw fit.
You're working in advertising andsooner or lateryou have to give in and admit that you belong in New York City. So I moved to a tiny apartment in the East Village. Nowadays, I'm over in Prospect Heights.
October 2007 to the Present
Today, I'm employed as a Copy Supervisor with the best interactive agency in the world. We work exclusively on pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which is particularly awesome if you get to write for the little blue pill (no, I can't get you a sample).