I was born on January 16, 1969 at Winter Haven Hospital and I was an only child. My Dad got his start in construction with a contractor named Jack Hall and eventually had his own construction business doing additions and remodeling. My Mom was a professional seamstress and worked at Petersen Industries and Findlay Industries both in Lake Wales where she retired as the supervisor of the seamstress department.
Our family lived in Babson Park from 1963 through 1978, when Mom and Dad bought the 12 acres of land out in the Lake Buffum area and moved out to where our family lives today. From 2002 through 2009 I have lived in several different places for different period of time: Avon Park, FL – Wauchula, FL – Gainesville, FL. In the fall of 2009, I returned home to live on the family property where our family has been since 1978. Internet access can be difficult, as the only option that we have is satellite based internet. The advantage it is peaceful, quiet, and spacious.
I went to Lake Wales Christian School from 1976 through 1984, from first grade through my freshman year in high school. After the school closed its doors in 1984, I went to Temple Christian School from 1984 – 1985 for my sophomore year in high school. From 1985 through 1987, for my junior and senior years of high school, I attended Lake Wales Senior High where I graduated from high school. I went to Traviss Vocational Technical Center from 1987 through 1989 where I obtain two years of training in Industrial Electronics. Starting in the fall of 2007, at age 37, I started taking classes part time at South Florida State College to earn my Associates degree. I quit taking classes for a while from 2009 through 2012 due to some tough circumstances in my life but I picked back up taking classes when I realized that I would never finish if I did not continue. I would take one or two classes a semester so I could handle the work load. After a long road, I finally graduated from South Florida State College with my Associate of Science in Computer Engineering Technology on May 7, 2019. It took 12 years on and off to finish my degree but it was well worth it. I graduated just a few months past my 50th birthday.
I worked in the construction business with my father from the summer of 1985 through late 1994. I worked at Chemical Containers near Lake Wales, FL, a company that made chemical applications products from January 1995 through April 1997. I worked at Sunpure Ltd. near Avon Park, FL as head of security for a juice plant from August 1997 through September 1999. I worked at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, FL where I ran the computer lab where patients would do self – therapy by doing activities on the lab computers, from September 1999 through February 2002. In late 2003, after having some hard times financially, I went through the bus drivers training by the Hardee County School Board and became a school bus driver. From January 2004 through June 2006, I worked for the Hardee County School Board, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project and then the Alachua County School Board. Since August 2006, I have been working, full time, then part time, and full time again, as a bus operator for the Highlands County School Board.
I have also been in part time business doing computer repair and basic web design since 2006 with the business name Heartland Technologies. I also hold an FCC General Radio Telephone License that allows me to work on aviation radios and marine radios.
It was at Lake Wales Christian School that I accepted Christ as Saviour in February 1980, in 4th Grade. I have been active in different church ministries. You can read about my church ministry on my Church Ministry page.
I have been into amateur radio as a primary hobby since 1989. You can read how I did that journey and details on my amateur radio activities on the Amateur Radio page. I also do some coin collecting and license plate collecting as well.
My future goals immediately are to (1) Get into an Information Technology job with a suitable opening comes and (2) Expand my part time business named Heartland Technologies. Also I will continue in the ministry at Maranatha Baptist Church doing the sound system, new audio – visual system that is upcoming, and internet ministry.
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