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Military Transition – My Story

Originally posted on LinkedIn Bottom Line Up Front - Every job I've had since the military involved networking, luck, and knowing what I wanted to do. If you skip to the end, I highlight my key lessons. I didn't have a typical transition from the military. I was...

A Day in the Life of a Product Manager

Originally published on LinkedIn Product Manager appears to be one of those ambiguous job titles that can mean completely different things in different industries or even different companies within industries. For the past 11 months, I’ve been a product manager of a...

Interview on Hazard Ground Podcast

Originally posted on the Life After Loyalty blog In 2017, I had the opportunity to share my story with Mark Zinno on the Hazard Ground Podcast. The episode published in April of 2018. It was honor to be able to share my story on the same platform as Medal of Honor...

I’ve Never Kept a Single New Year’s Resolution

Originally posted on LinkedIn It's that time of the year again, when so many of us will arbitrarily make very broad, hard-to-measure New Year's resolutions... "get healthy," "spend more time with my kids," "drink less," "exercise more." I'm not against New Year...

Ten Thoughts About My Darden Executive MBA Experience

Originally published on LinkedIn When I applied to the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, I didn’t even know what I planned to do with the degree. I figured the worst case scenario was my MBA would be a valuable tool for...

Books That Can Change Everything.

Originally published on LinkedIn Thank you to everybody for the tremendous support after my article earlier this week, "It Took Me Nearly 40 Years to Figure Out What I Want to Do with My Life." Not only the comments, but some of the heartfelt messages I received and...

It Took Me Nearly 40 Years to Figure Out What I Want to Do with My Life

Originally published on LinkedIn For as long as I can remember, I always had a word to describe myself. From early childhood through graduating college, it was very easy: I was an athlete. After college, I enlisted in the U.S. Army the day after the 9/11 attacks and...

Trick or Treating on the Lawn

It's an annual tradition every fall in Charlottesville that started in the late 1980s. A day when the masses of costumed children get to interact face-to-face with costumed University of Virginia students and faculty on the famed UVA Lawn. The candy... donated by...

Starting Over During an EMBA Program

When we started our Darden EMBA journey back in August 2015, the career advising center recommended we wait until after our China trip (which was last month) to make a career move as we would then enter electives and a slightly less aggressive schedule; I probably...

Blogging and Live Your Legend

I hope I’m not alone in this, but blogging consistently has always been hard. I’m always in love with the idea of writing. I’ve thought of and even launched multiple blogs in the past on veterans issues, travel, family life… some of my old entries are recycled into...

Starting Over During an EMBA Program

When we started our Darden EMBA journey back in August 2015, the career advising center recommended we wait until after our China trip (which was last month) to make a career move as we would then enter electives and a slightly less aggressive schedule; I probably...

Blogging and Live Your Legend

I hope I’m not alone in this, but blogging consistently has always been hard. I’m always in love with the idea of writing. I’ve thought of and even launched multiple blogs in the past on veterans issues, travel, family life… some of my old entries are recycled into...

The Darden EMBA Video Blog with Brett Twitty

For anybody seriously considering Darden for business school, I highly recommend taking some time to watch some of the many great YouTube videos from Darden. I included some links at the bottom to help you get started. But I had a chance to sit with Brett Twitty...

Coffee and Chocolate with Shark Mountain

Many of my MBA for Executives classmates do not live in Charlottesville. It's unfortunate because they miss out on a lot of local opportunities through Darden clubs. I joined the Darden Military Association (DMA), Darden Technology Club, and the Darden Wine And...

Fall in Charlottesville

Everything seems better in the fall. The dreaded Virginia humidity and heat of summer gives way to cool breezes and beautiful temperatures. There's football. The leaves change. The kids go back to school. Coffee tastes more wonderful. In all of the places I've lived...

My Initial Thoughts on Being an EMBA Student

We are nearing the end of our first term of the MBA for Executives (EMBA) program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and it has been quite the ride already. Our cohort of 62 has finished a week-long leadership residency (LR1), two On-Grounds...

Books That Can Change Everything.

Books That Can Change Everything.

Originally published on LinkedIn Thank you to everybody for the tremendous support after my article earlier this week, "It Took Me Nearly 40 Years to Figure Out What I Want to Do with My Life." Not only the comments, but some of the heartfelt messages I received and...

Trick or Treating on the Lawn

Trick or Treating on the Lawn

It's an annual tradition every fall in Charlottesville that started in the late 1980s. A day when the masses of costumed children get to interact face-to-face with costumed University of Virginia students and faculty on the famed UVA Lawn. The candy... donated by...

Starting Over During an EMBA Program

Starting Over During an EMBA Program

When we started our Darden EMBA journey back in August 2015, the career advising center recommended we wait until after our China trip (which was last month) to make a career move as we would then enter electives and a slightly less aggressive schedule; I probably...

Blogging and Live Your Legend

Blogging and Live Your Legend

I hope I’m not alone in this, but blogging consistently has always been hard. I’m always in love with the idea of writing. I’ve thought of and even launched multiple blogs in the past on veterans issues, travel, family life… some of my old entries are recycled into...