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my story

Most bios are written in '3rd person', creating bloated images of incredible accomplishments. A share of bios like that are out there for me. Here, I decided to take a '1st person' approach to briefly telling my story.

I grew up in middle-class suburbia the youngest of 3 kids with extraordinarily loving parents. We were of Italian Catholic decent (if you cut me, I bleed olive oil). I started my first business in 7th grade. I bought candy in bulk and sold in in pieces in my French class. It was quite profitable. I miss that business.

I started getting my first pay check at age 14. I've been working enthusiastically ever since.

When I was in High School I accomplished some impressive things. I was a 5-time NJ State and 2-time AAU National Karate Champion. I also in many respects took the road less traveled. Moto-Cross. Auto-mechanics. I liked taking things apart and fixing them. A pivotal moment for me was senior year when I decided (with the coaches urging) to wrestle. I hurt my neck badly one day in practice. The medical doctor gave me pain-killers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatories. The drugs didn't work and made me a bit ill. My mom brought me to a chiropractor. After the first adjustment, I was 90% better. When he explained to me the principle of chiropractic, the lights came on and my path was set. I decided that day that that was what I was going to do.

My parents didn't have the means to send me to private colleges or universities, so I worked full-time and went to a local state college. From there, I went to chiropractic school in Atlanta. I worked full-time there also... and loved every minute of it. Production and value-creation have always been 2 of my personal core values, even before I knew what a core value was. I also worked occasionally as a print model and did some TV commercials. Still have my SAG card to this day.

Shortly after graduation, I started a practice. With a partner, I started a seminar business where we trained students and new grads how to pass their state and national boards. It was quite successful. The story is too long, but I also ended up on the Regis Philbin show and did a short stint on a Soap Opera. Then I got hit by a truck while riding my bicycle in New York City. Head injury. Broken leg. I was depressed for a little while. But life is funny like that. The biggest challenges very often turn out to be complete blessings.

I was off track when I got hit by the truck. I lost my purpose. When I was laid up, I started to read things that led me to the study of philosophy. I moved out of New York City, started a new practice in my home town in New Jersey and thus started the true first act of my career.

Currently, I am in the 3rd Act of my career... and I have more detail about this on this site in the "My Business" section. I went from a practitioner. To a diagnostic technology developer/patent holder to a corporate CEO and operator. And now I am in Act 3 subsequent to the sale of my business, I head my holding company - Action Potential Holdings, Inc.

I am married to my soul-mate, Laurie. I have 3 amazing kids. I have brilliant, daring, and extraordinary friends. I travel the world in an adventurous way. I love my life.

So, that's my story.

My values

My core value is - Significance. I want to live a significant life. I don't want to be preoccupied with the trivial. I want everything I do to matter - to be significant. Whether it's business, parenting, love relationship, or having fun, I want to make it count.

Other personal values I hold are:

  • Tear at the fabric of convention
  • Push comfort zones
  • Live and act with purpose
  • Strive for simplicity
  • Identify and remove contradictions
  • Production
  • Value-creation
  • Family-Centered

My Family

I am a family-centered entrepreneur. I wish I could say this was always the case. There were years of travel and long hours at the office.

I had to shift my whole context. So, please meet my family! My wife Laurie and 3 kids, Connor, Antoinette, and Hudson (oldest to youngest).

My wife/soul-mate Laurie. Through intention, we have a legendary romance.

My adventures

Laurie and I love adventure travel. We make it a point to do some every year. We have been to every continent (except Antarctica, but will get there soon!). We are frequently in Europe as I have a lot of speaking engagements there. Here are some pictures from some of the more exotic places we have been.

China

china

Africa (safari)


Egypt

egypt

Bhutan

bhutan

Bangkok

bangkok

Bali

bali