I grew up in Bay City Michigan. I started my high education experience at Belmont College in Nashville, TN studying music business and record production but ended up finishing school at Northwood University with a dual degree in Management and Marketing. After graduating I moved to Los Angeles and spent the next 7 years working in the magazine industry and 1 year in Austin, TX (also working in the magazine industry) before moving back to Michigan. While back in Michigan I have worked a plethora of jobs including selling Life Insurance and investment products, doing Internet and web-hosting support at Concentric Network (later became XO Communications), doing production planning at Delphi Steering Division (where I wrote a program that eliminated my job), and most recently doing on-line marketing for the Labadie family of car dealerships. The digital SLR camera rekindled my interest in photography and it has been a hobby/second job.