CauseACTION is both a modest enterprise and a vison of the heart. Were it not for the exceedingly talented and dedicated people that I am privileged to work with – John, Jyll, Mary and others on the edges who provide other skills, it simply would not exist.
So, while what follow has a lot of “I” in it, please forgive me. This “About” page is a resume of sorts because I believe that as a web visitor, you should know who is behind the website as much as possible. I see too many predictable “blah-blah” on other “About” pages, so, here goes…
The Family, Companies and Projects…
Family. I am the father of four adult children, an “Uncle Daddy” to at least a few more from here to Turkey, husband to Debbie for 44 years and a now a new grandfather. I am still asking myself how that could have possibly happened. My Bride and Girlfriend of nearly five decades and I have been Foster and Adoptive parents, active in youth and prison ministry, The Gideons, Foreign Exchange Student Programs and a variety of local community projects. And somehow when the wounded bird, cat, opossum… and more than one lost kid landed at our door, it was our great privilege to be at home. Wonderfully, some never left. In the course of all that, CauseACTION was born… a thing of love, care and passion.
Professional. Like my father before me, I am a “serial entrepreneur”. For 35 years, I have been able to pay my bills in various marketing, technology and media ventures as either President or Founder. It has been my professional good fortune have many wonderful and talented people come alongside and together we have occasionally innovated out of out of sheer necessity… and the pure “why the heck not” of it. My early years in direct marketing have now evolved into my work in new marketing technologies, social media and web strategies, as well as independent film-making and television. What I most treasure about it all are the friends and relationships that came from each.
Causes and Advocacies. My wife and I cherish kids and support our military and their families. We believe that all life is to be protected and should be allowed to thrive unmolested in and outside of the womb. For some 25 years, I have done battle on several fronts with sexual violence and abuse. And while I do not always prevail, I do my best to publicly challenge those who would undermine individual liberty and personal responsibility.
And so, I have leveraged my business experience, resources and personal network of friends and associates in the fight to end abortion with the Life Envelope Day Campaign; Commercial Sexual Exploitation and human-trafficking at Stop Online Exploitation; Men Against Prostitution and Trafficking; sexual abuse of children on the web Stop Child Porn on Facebook; and in support of our military and their families: March of Honor, the Honor and Remember Campaign; our well-received independent film, “The Fence” (shown at Arlington National Cemetery during Memorial Day Weekend 2012) and most recently the “Honor Bound” reality TV Show being developed now with the help of our military Heroes. The sum of these initiatives is collectively gathered under the CauseACTION banner.
Political. Like the frog who does not realize he is being boiled to death in the pot as the heat is turned up ever so slowly, I think we are a Nation at risk, unless we all pay better attention. And so, I resist and challenge the encroachment by government on our personal liberties and responsibility at every opportunity. I fear the “cult of personality” which has so often lead people astray. I believe in the enumerated rights of our Constitution, a unique pact designed to protect us from an overpowering and controlling government. I firmly believe in community and individual responsibility.
And yes, I believe in the “safety net” for those who are legitimately in need. Government has its place, however, some 50-odd years after Kindergarten, I can also count on one hand the things I think government does better than what conscientious, motivated citizens do for themselves and for others. You see, in my direct experience with many bureaucracies, I can assure you that almost everything a bloated, soulless government touches it compromises. You know that too… unless you just aren’t paying attention.
And so, I routinely and gently agitate family and friends and perhaps now even you – challenging all to agree or disagree but above all to think for themselves and act. Most of my family and friends still love me… some have even changed their minds as they have sometimes changed mine.
P.S. If you are wondering how a guy in shorts and sneakers ended up up in somewhere in Iraq, wonder no more. That is the town dump. Some guys from Connecticut’s Army Reserve, who served in Mosul in the middle of the ugliest time, let me in on the crew shot of the independent film, my friend Jimmy Driscoll and I producedd, “The Fence”. We did our best to honor them and their Fallen Brothers and Sisters. Just a short year after it was released, we were privileged to show it all 2013 Memorial Day Weekend at Arlington National Cemetery. Nothing will ever match that. Nothing.