Where Am I Today?
Where Have I Been?
I'm glad you found my Home Page. Here's a little bit about me.
In the 1960's I was a Naval Officer (Lieutenant Commander [sel.], Supply
Corps, USN) with assignments both ashore at a shipyard, a supply center, an
air station, Navy Headquarters in Washington D.C and afloat as Supply Officer
on the Ammunition Ship USS PYRO (AE-24) (Vietnam - Yankee Station - 1967).
In the 1970's I owned Barton's Office
Supply with fifteen employees and locations in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs,
California. I was the archetypical small town merchant (Rotary Club, Kiwanis
Club, Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Merchants Assn., Y's Men's Club, Indian
Guides, JUSA Soccer, etc.).
After selling Barton's Office Supply (just before the
advent of the office supply stores and the concomitant industry
reorganization), I sought after and joined Xerox
A twenty-year career of progressive Sales and Marketing assignments including
an Executive MBA along the way was capped by my final assignment as Director
of Marketing and Planning for the Xerox North American Dealer Channel.
My work was interesting, challenging and rewarding. Both parts of my job,
marketing and financial/product planning, were fascinating and I moved fluidly
between them. I was responsible for Canada (it's a big country) and
the USA (including Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
My Marketing Program Managers and Marketing Analysts were terrific... they
made my job a joy! I retired on July 31, 2002.
All three careers have left me with a strong sense of
I've moved ten times and have lived in Whittier, Placentia,
Costa Mesa and Concord, California, as well as Bremerton WA, Beeville TX, Athens
GA, Alexandria VA, Rochester NY and Mesa AZ. Over those years I learned that there's
something good about everywhere you live!
After spending a year developing my exit strategy on August 26,
2002, I took the plunge, sold everything, downsized, bought a large motorhome
and became a full-time RVer setting out to see the USA. I wanted to
combine my interest in seeing what's new "just around the next corner" with my
interest in America's festivals. In April 2010 I "hung up the keys" and
purchased a lovely park-model mobile-home at Mesa Regal RV Resort.
In November 2012 I implemented my dream of buying a sailboat in Florida and
preparing to sail it single-handed to the Caribbean. Alas, I discovered
that I'm too weak, too stiff, perhaps too old for that kind of adventure.
I'm back in Mesa Arizona.
I'm single, divorced, and blessed with great children. My
son, Craig, and daughter Kathy Hansen and her husband Ivor (and my
grand-daughters Kelly, Megan and Ivy) bring constant pride and joy to my life.
Now that you know something about me, gather up your GPS,
your maps and charts, and let's track this journey!
dreams are gone, they cannot be rekindled. Such fragile, nebulous things
cannot be tinkered with. You must grab them while you can, for usually
you do not get a second chance."
- Donald Holm