Publisher. Interviewer. Blogger. Business, social-media, and marketing strategist. Professional-development coach. Autism activist and trainer.
(I hope you enjoy the interviews and articles on this blog: please visit the homepage and explore!)
While my professional work has usually involved creating — writing, editing, designing, publishing — my most significant successes and certainly greatest satisfaction have come from partnership: partnering with colleagues while listening to customers and community; creating a holistic vision and plan; and then getting the work done.
I’ve run businesses successfully and believe wholeheartedly that’s because I put people first: the people who work for me and the customers for whom we work. That’s the model for any meaningfully profitable business. My emphases, accordingly, include relationship-building, community, a core commitment to excellence, and, always, the professional development and general well-being of my colleagues.
I’ve worked at a newspaper (sports reporter, copy editor), a magazine (various editorial jobs ranging from book-review editor to, ultimately, editor in chief), and a book publisher (senior editor for three years, and then team lead and business manager for the founding three years of Lark Jewelry & Beading, which was Lark’s most profitable sub-imprint under my acquisitions, creative, business, and marketing planning and direction). I have also worked first as a business consultant and then as a member of the management team for an environmental engineering firm, and I’ve done consulting work for several businesses and organizations.
I serve on the boards of businesses and numerous community organizations. I’m particularly active in the autism and special needs communities, supporting people by offering training and consultation and serving on educational panels and even a human-rights committee.
I authored a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, along with a couple of dozen other well-reviewed books. I’m more pleased, though, by the far greater number of books I’ve gotten to acquire, develop, publish, and champion, and the authors, creatives, and publishing professionals I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with in that work.
I’ve interviewed leading mind/body/spirit and spiritual teachers — Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Chan Khong, Sakyong Mipham, Thomas Moore, Doreen Virtue, Marianne Williamson, and David Zeller among them — along with many musicians, artists, authors, and business leaders. I’ve done trainings and seminars, led panel discussions, and conducted interviews on stage at conferences.
My work and, I hope, this blog hold together by a consistent mission of supporting people in their lives — this informs my leadership approach, my business strategies, my writing, my personal explorations, and, at least in my honest intent, my life.
You can also see my work on other sites across the Web. For a few examples, click through on the hotlinks to see interviews with spiritual teachers Dr. Wayne W. Dyer here and here, organization consultant Peter Block here as a PDF, Sister Chan Khong on the Plum Village site here, and an article about Native Americans and the New Age (talking with Vine Deloria Jr., Ted Andrews, Jamie Sams, and Robert Doyle) here as a PDF.
I currently live in Asheville, North Carolina, with my extraordinarily kind teenage son.