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The purpose of this
website is to give you a more complete picture of my capabilities and
experiences, than the usual standard online application is able to convey, with its
multiple choice answers. Also, it has been the
experience of mine and others, that popular online employment
application systems, like Taleo and
Unicru, do not always function as designed.
This resumé is
organized according to industry type, instead of chronologically, since many of
my positions have overlapped and repeated from time to time. This
Page gives a brief description of my talents and experiences divided
into five categories, with a link from each section to a separate, more
As you can
see from this
information, the term, "Jack of many trades" could be appropriately
applied. As well as "versatile, adaptable, creative,
resourceful, and multi-tasking" would also fit. In a culture
that has developed specialists in every field, a person with such a
widely varied background can be a unique and practical asset to a
business organization needing a creative person who can visualize,
plan, problem-solve, and formulate logistics of physical and time
elements with consideration to details and aesthetics. If you think that perhaps I am too widely diverse and
over-qualified, I would like to emphasis that I basically just want a position
in a pleasant and professional work environment, and the fact that I enjoy many
different types of work including some that others do not care for.
Perhaps most importantly, I’m the kind of employee
that I would like to have, if I was a business owner or manager! I appreciate an efficient and harmonious
work environment, and do whatever I can to maintain or increase those
qualities. I am happy to work in an entry-level position, and if your
business offers the kind of challenges and rewards that fit with my talents, I
will welcome the opportunity to advance.
On request, I can
immediately send to you (email or postal), a completed standard
application form and one-page resumé summary.
please click buttons in each category for more detailed information
Beginning at age 12, I
worked in my parent's restaurant, and by the age of 19, I was managing my
parent's second restaurant in which I actively participated in the
design and layout ideas during the renovation and construction. Some of these ideas were
quite innovative for the foodservice industry in 1974. My
restaurant was recognized by the Polk County Health Department for it's
advanced food-handling practices. I coordinated a catered lunch for
1250 people utilizing my family's two restaurants.
experience at other venues included providing seminars on wine service, server etiquette
training, tableside cooking, catering, culinary sculpture, safe food handling, and all
facets from maintenance to management.
In 1983, along with two
partners, I opened The Palmettos Country Inn, which provided a complete
destination resort on a Victorian estate along the St. John's River.
(See photo left)
In the late 1980's, I
managed an authentic re-creation of an intimate dinner theatre, set in
the year 1740, located in the Colonial Spanish Quarter in St.
Augustine, "La Cazuela del Caballero."
In the mid 1990's, I
returned to innkeeping managing at three bed & breakfasts in
Key West, before moving to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to manage
Villa La Roca, a small hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Construction, Restoration & Remodeling
I have worked in many
facets of home construction, remodeling and design, including historic
restoration. Past occupations have included commercial
landscape maintenance, design and installation of integrated home
control systems, (including installation of home theater, audio, automated appliance
and lighting controls, climate control, and surveillance &
security). The photo to the right is the second Victorian
house that I restored in the mid 1980's. This photo was
featured in Victorian Homes magazine, but it was taken before the
restoration was completed in 1986. At bottom of this column, the photo shows the restored
parlor of that house featuring the staircase that had many layers of white
paint stripped before the original finish was restored.
photo taken during restoration,
Victorian Homes magazine, Winter 1985
Marketing, Promotional, Retail & Educational
Job related experiences
have included website composition & design (beginning in 1997),
videography, video editing, digital photography, underwater
videography, writing, founding editor of two community newspapers
(1980), as well as a position as substitute teacher for three
elementary schools, (mid 1970's). I am computer literate and
personally utilize the latest versions of architectural design CAD,
voice recognition, graphics & photo editing software, and yes, this is one of many websites I've created. I’m
quick to adopt new technologies while being selective towards those of efficient design and practical
Creative Arts & Entertainment
I have written a romance mystery novel, various short stories and currently penning two musicals based on famous historic figures.
I enjoy painting, sculpting, and woodworking, and have exhibited my works in art festivals in Orlando and Jacksonville, FL.
My musical debut
at age 14 included an original arrangement of "The Impossible Dream"
from Man of La Mancha, and an original composition, "Alicita Luna."
In 1978, I began
performing at various restaurant venues in Central Florida before
moving my act to Las Vegas where I made appearances at several venues,
and soon had an "indefinite contract" with a restaurant owned
by the Summa Corporation, (Howard Hughes).
I continue to compose
original music and soundtracks for instructional and promotional videos
through to the present.
The photo at the right was
taken at the console of a four manual, 32-rank Wurlitzer Theater Pipe
Organ. My style and arrangements tend to be "orchestral," as
well as the "theater style" of organ.
Additional Occupational Pursuits:
One year of college
completed, 1973-74. With an inquisitive mind eager to learn
something new, I have attended a number of courses on a
variety of subjects to support my occupational and personal interests.
As a teenager, I held a
position as bank teller, at the State Bank of Haines City, (now Bank of
While exploring the
possibilities with underwater video, I created instructional and
promotional videos for Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL.,
Dolphin Camp, and for various scuba diving enterprises.
I attained an intermediate
level of communication skills in Spanish while living in Costa Rica
for six years. I created a real estate agency that
specialized in all aspects of assisting foreigners in moving to Costa
I observe current
trends and anticipate future needs. I am always gaining a
better understanding of the various stages of growth that individuals
progress through. My communications skills are based on an assumption
that we all want the same thing, thereby building bridges of ideas to
create a win-win-win solutions and projects.
I focus on getting the job done in the best way with least amount of
effort. I take my
time to do a job right the first
time because I hate to waste the time having to re-do something. In committee, I encourage
open brainstorming. I present ideas as “This, or suggest something
better.” I tend to
factor in ideas for adjustments, multi-use and inevitable
“surprises.” I keep
groups focused on the immediate goal and underlying mission. I remind people that there
is a way to
approach any challenge that is “fun.” For if it is a not fun
challenge, people will lose interest.
A strength I bring to any creative process
is that I don’t feel the need to be
“right,” I just want to achieve the goals
in the easiest, most successful & efficient way possible. My “open ear
policy” encourages creative
flow from others and increases the likelihood of the best combination
ideas. Of course
giving credit to others, where
credit is due, is crucial.
Mentally, I thrive on new challenges by easily utilizing my talents of
ingenuity, resourcefulness, to trouble-shoot and problem solve, (for
example, by adapting an object to serve a practical purpose different
from the original design intention.) I can visualize combination of
elements see how the completed project will appear, from color
combinations to architectural floorplans, to time and motion processes.
While I like to experiment with all possible options, I'd propose a
design or procedural change to achieve an improvement, not just for the sake of
I appreciate a position that utilizes and challenges my creative talents
for problem solving, composition and design. I would like to
a company where I can support a win-win-win philosophy including
the company, its employees, and its clients, which also creates a formula
for long-term, increasing success.
I am grateful to you for taking a moment to acknowledge that you
have considered my application and honestly inform me by phone or email,
whether or not you are interested in continuing with an interview process.
photos and videos of earlier works are available
on request. I am
available for polygraph and drug
testing. Wages and days/hours that I am available are flexible and negotiable, as well as the possibility of relocation.
I look forward to meeting with you and discussing the
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