Change manager. Business, communications, and marketing strategist. Publisher. Interviewer. Writer. Professional-development coach. Autism, intellectual disability, and neurodiversity advocate and trainer.
While my professional work has usually involved creating—writing, editing, designing, publishing, developing brands, growing businesses—my most significant successes and certainly greatest satisfactions have come from collaboration: partnering with colleagues while listening to community and customers, creating a holistic vision and strategic 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 with me and the clients and customers for whom we work. That’s the model for any meaningfully profitable business and, equally, what imbues nonprofit organizations with meaning. My emphases, accordingly, include relationship-building, community, integrity, authentic communication and perspective-taking, and a fundamental commitment to excellence.
I’ve worked at a newspaper as a copy editor and reporter, a magazine publishing company in various jobs ranging from book-review editor to, ultimately, editor in chief, and a book publisher as a senior editor for three years and then as the creative lead and business manager for the founding three years of Lark Jewelry & Beading. This imprint drove Lark Books’ overall profitability under my acquisitions, creative, business, marketing, and publicity planning and direction.
I’ve worked as a member of the management team for an environmental engineering firm, overseeing its human resources, recruiting, marketing, and editorial/quality control. And I continue to perform consulting work for businesses and nonprofit organizations.
I currently serve on boards or advisory committees for numerous nonprofit and governmental organizations—among them, the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) for Vaya Health, the Board of Directors for Liberty Corner Enterprises, the Advisory Council for Family Support Network of Western North Carolina, the Autism Advisory Committee for Western Carolina University and Project INTERACT, the Advisory Committee for Camp Lakey Gap, and the Steering Committee for the annual Zipping for Autism fundraiser. I am active in the autism, disability, and mental-health communities, supporting individuals, families, and professionals. I perform consultation, training, and talks for organizations and at universities and conferences.
I serve on the Review Committee for the Tipping Point Grants program of Buncombe County, North Carolina. I have served as a longtime judge for the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, a major book-industry awards program for the Independent Book Publishers Association.
I authored a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Amazon Book of the Month, along with a couple of dozen other well-reviewed books. I was privileged to acquire, develop, publish, and promote many other titles and to collaborate with numerous authors, creatives, and excellent publishing professionals in that work.
I have interviewed mind/body/spirit and spiritual teachers—Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Sakyong Mipham, Thomas Moore, Chan Khong, and Rabbi David Zeller among them—along with musicians, artists, and many business leaders and authors. At mind/body/spirit and book-industry trade shows and conferences I have led trainings and seminars, moderated panel discussions, and conducted interviews on stage with business leaders and spiritual teachers.
My work and, I hope, this blog are bound together by a consistent mission of supporting people in their lives and well-being—this intention informs my leadership approach, my business and organizational consulting, and my writing.
You can see my work on other sites, as well as this one. For a few examples, click through to see my interviews with Sister Chan Khong on the Plum Village site here and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer here and here, and an article about Native Americans and the New Age (interviewing Vine Deloria Jr., Ted Andrews, Jamie Sams, and Robert Doyle) here as a PDF. Numerous excerpts and reprints of my articles about autism have been reprinted in India’s Autism Network Journal, which is accessible here.
I currently live in Asheville, North Carolina, with my son, Nicholas.