I hate the word, “retired.”
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines retired as (1) secluded and (2) withdrawn from one’s position or occupation: having concluded one’s working or professional career.
I was born and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, a relatively small river town about 35 miles, as the crow flies, north of New York City. I moved to the Phoenix area in 1976 to follow the sage advice of John Babsone Lane Soule, to “Go west young man and grow up with the country.”
After a couple of business failures, in 1982, I founded the China Mist Tea Company in my garage with friend Dan Schweiker, who had also failed in two business starts. The third time was a charm for both of us and the company, China Mist Tea Company, thrived.
In January of 2016, I completed an Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and then just 10 months later, Dan and I sold the business that we had built into a national and international iced tea brand.
So, I am not done yet. I prefer to say that I have since, “pivoted.”
Now I identify as a natural capitalist, putting my varied education and my passion for sustainability together to improve the world through participation and leadership in a variety of activities, including volunteering as Arizona State University, acting as a brand ambassador for the Rocky Mountain Institute, and promoting clean energy and electric motoring. Essentially, I am putting my EMSL to work for the world.
I am the husband of a very forgiving wife, father to two teens struggling through adolescence, and a herder of 7 cats, 3 dogs and 10 hens. I am also an amateur blogger, vegan cook, and
I was an early adopter of electric motoring—one of the thousand or so “owners” of the General Motors EV1, the first road-worthy electric vehicle of the modern age and an early purchaser of the Tesla Model S. Now my wife Suzanne and I both drive Tesla electric vehicles and we have a full-rooftop solar array so daily driving for us is carbon neutral.