Reflections of 30 Years in Business: From Being a Broken Man to Meeting Presidents

The year is 1991. Great things are happening for me and my fast-growing business.  I am getting more comfortable as a business leader, though it was all new to me. I was learning by trial and error, and I made more errors than good decisions. I was never a high-ranking officer in any company before… Read More

How and why it can take decades to speak up about sexual abuse

The news has been flooded lately with survivors of sexual abuse or assault speaking up. Some survivors have been silent for 50 years or more. Many people question their story because the survivors have been quiet for so long. I am here to share how it took me 46 years to get the courage and… Read More

What advice would I give my 22-year-old self?

Thursday, August 24, 2017, was an awesome night. I was recognized as one of ‘Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs.’ When we came onstage to get our awards, we had to select one question to answer. The question I selected: “What advice would I give my 22-year-old self?” That night I only had a few minutes, so… Read More

For Just a Moment …….

As you look at the pictures of the sunsets and listen to the videos on the beach, imagine for just a moment, the world is still. We would listen to the waves every evening. Karla and I would have the beach to ourselves at night. We would watch the sunset and stay late into the… Read More

Fatigue Sends a Message

During my healing journey, I have spent time trying to understand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “triggers”, anxiety and panic attacks. I have learned how my body reacts and how to manage myself when PTSD triggers, and anxiety happens. I have learned that fatigue is something we all must be careful with in our professional and… Read More

What I Learned from Sprinkles

I am writing this post 24 hours after the passing of “Mr. Sprinkles.” For 17.25 years, Sprinkles was our family dog, a Bichon. He came home with us when he was 8 weeks old in 1999. Here’s some background on how I felt about getting a small fluffy house dog. In 1998, we rescued a… Read More

We All Need Someone to Just Listen to Us Sometimes

I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I’ve lived through the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including panic attacks and anxiety. I know all too well how important it is when psychological or physical “triggers” cause the panic attacks, to have someone to just listen to us and not judge us as the attack… Read More

We Might Have Battered Wings, But We Can Still Fly

I was walking around my backyard and I took this picture of a dragonfly. As I was reviewing this picture, I noticed the battered wings, yet the dragonfly could still fly. I begin to think about my journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse. I have felt battered by the trauma, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD,… Read More