Born in 1970 and raised in Newark, NJ until age 21 when I moved to Tampa FL to go to USF for Art Education. Previously I went to Montclair State University for Fine Art. It was there that I met my wife Trina Messano. We have been together since 1989 and got married in 2005.
I have done many different jobs to keep it interesting, but have also worked for the same organization at USF since 1994. Started there doing graphic design, part time and am now an Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. The people that I work with are simply the best, and I enjoy every day - even the tough ones.
I have a graphic design/web business and still have a clients that I assist for fun and profit. Have definitely needed to reduce this to focus on other priorities. My father, who is in NJ, and I have some business plans also and this needs some attention.
I'm Co-Director of Service Learning for the Undergraduate College of Education at Fordham University in the Bronx. I have been with them for many years, but all of my contact is through an interactive website that I developed for their volunteer program, e-mail, and an occasional phone call. Many thousands of hours have been volunteered in the community by these great students as a result of this program.
My wife, who has many years of retail and management experience started a dog cookie and baking business with me in 2007, called Doggie Cakes. In May, 2008 We opened a dog bakery and boutique in historic downtown New Port Richey, FL. In November, 2009 we converted to an online business with retail and wholesale ordering. We also are a part of sales events in local towns. You will also be seeing our cookies and treats at local groomers and boutiques.
We have six cats, three dogs, and one bird - but no kids. In the beginning we didn't want kids, but now - if it happens, it happens. Our pets were the inspiration for Doggie Cakes.
We are lucky to live in a very nice house on over an acre of wooded property in Florida. I enjoy all of the animals that come to visit: deer, owls, hawks, coyotes, snakes, turtles, insects, and an occasional small gator. Behind our house are hundreds of acres of preserved wetlands.
I work hard and play hard. Regret that I can't say play harder right now. Looking for balance during trying times. If you actually took the time to read this, I appreciate your interest. Hope you learned some new things. At the least, you can see that I'm busy and diverse. I definitely don't define myself by my job. I am lucky to say that my job fits into my life, not the other way around.
Here's to more fun in 2010. Hope you can be a part of it.