When I was a college senior, I accepted an internship offered by a large real estate appraisal firm. That was 54 years ago. I haven't been far from real estate and finance since then.
For 25 years I was primarily a real estate development loan officer with three large nationwide lenders. I have also appraised real estate, built residential and commercial structures as a general contractor, and currently perform as a construction inspector and monitor funding disbursements for banks (type of audit). Sometimes I consult with lenders regarding the "work out" of distressed loans. It's been a good gig. I enjoy the action.
I am still active. I enjoy real estate development. Along my way, I wrote some columns about Rowlett and the Lake Ray Hubbard area for the Dallas Morning News. I served on several Rowlett municipal committees and served one term as a Rowlett City Councilman. I hold a Texas real estate license, and I hope to soon take the Mortgage Bankers exam. Real estate development is about all I know, however I spent some time learning to be a pretty good downhill skier and I'm still very active in sailing around the Caribbean Sea whenever I get a chance.
I served some time as a medic in the USAF. I was honorably discharged in October, 1969. I guess that makes me a Viet Nam era veteran. I did nothing heroic. However, I fly the American flag everyday.
Been married to Donna for 53 years, had a boy and a girl, one a biologist, and the other a computer programmer. I have four delightful grandkids and two great grand sons, one on his way to becoming President of the USA. Been living in the same Rowlett house for 43 years. Some might call me "stable."