I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I graduated from the Air Force Academy, where I took a Bachelor of Science degree in History. After that, I served four years as an Operations Management officer, stationed in Korea, South America, and Las Vegas.

After leaving the military, I worked as an actor, then as a journalist. A few years later, I went to work as a security consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. My clients have included the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and the FBI. I completed my MBA at that time. I also used to teach English at the College of Southern Nevada, and computer classes at a reform school in the Clark County School District.

I am now semi-retired, do some freelance writing and consulting, and keep dabbling in acting when I'm allowed.