I’ve been asked to write a quite a few bio’s lately, which has given me pause to think not just about what I’ve done, but what I’d like to be known for.
First and foremost, I love my wife and kids. My lovely wife Jan and I are blessed with two beautiful girls - Olivia and Harper. If I don’t do anything else with the rest of my life, being a good dad and a good husband will be enough for me.
As for work, somehow in the meandering course of my life I went from carpenter to lawyer. And though I miss the smell of cut maple, I think I was meant for lawyering. Most specifically oil and gas lawyering these days, which though it might not seem sexy, I still love it. The idea of drilling a hole deep in the ground looking for crude still fascinates me, as does our quest for new, cleaner sources of energy.
Years ago I found out about an itinerant Jewish carpenter that lived in ancient Palestine and really my life has never been the same. Maybe thats why we’ve been drawn to Middle East and in the process fallen in love with the place, the culture and most importantly the people.
Jan and I take a couple of trips a year to the Levant and have started to bring Olivia and Harper with us on one of those trips yearly. I’ve been lucky to partner with an Arab consulting firm in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and work with a really close friend on occasion - It a strange, but beautiful place.
If there is anytime leftover, I love to ride bikes. And if there isn’t time to ride, sometimes I will settle for a run.