Valerie was a traditional
stay-at-home Mom while her children were in
their formative years. Never one to sit idle,
she was a parent volunteer program coordinator
at a local village school system from elementary
through high school. She coached Special Olympics for six years and served two years as
secretary for a local City's Annual Festival. She was a volunteer
at the Salvation Army and an Cosmetic Representative for eight years.
also ran her own small mail order business,
whereas her last position being an
Office Administrator at Ameriprise Financial.
World Class Instructors allowed
Anthony and others to broaden their horizons
during a crucial time during technological
changes. Individuals from Armstrong World
Industries, USAF, National Credit Union,
TASC, US Army Corp Of Engineers, GSA, Saudi
Aramco, Unocal, Jet Propulsion Lab, Hughes
Networks, Department of Environmental
Protection, Newitt Associates,
Lockheed Martin, Intellisys, US Joints Chief
Of Staff, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, GE
Capital, Celestica, US Air Force Pentagon,
NASA, MITRE, Bombardier, Webcom, McMasters
University, Bell Sygna, US Fire
Administration, and others.
Though many situations can be
I will use a
communal gathering centering around President Clinton's
May 22, 1997 visit to West Virginia. Major and regional
news networks were there, Politicians and the
crème de la crème were there. I was also there, my telecommunications job finished, great food and all I had to do
was just sit back and take it all in. Alas, this was not to be, as I
would stumble into the middle of abandoned technology peripherals about
two minutes before President Clinton was presented. A frantic call and
pleas follow. I'm now it for all to see. During his initial
presentation the President looks over at me, and as someone had remarked this
was the first
Internet Broadcast of a Presidential Town Hall Meeting; The first what?
I was thrust into the moment and was absolutely alone, but not for long;
A lovely ABC
News Correspondent took immediate note and plants herself
directly next to me.
If something went wrong, I would be blamed. If all went well, only a few would know; not much upside.
Town Hall meeting ends and the news media aggressively shifts their
attention to me. Whereas, the President had mentioned Al Gore using
email, they look to me for more, and they swarm. They push their
microphones ever closer, trying to get ahead of one another. My chair
tips backwards and I wave them off,
however one lone newscaster stays and civilly asks if the video conferencing equipment
was the Internet? After informing her that it wasn't, she asks if she could use for her news report on the Internet. She does and the
public could only confuse the Video Conferencing Equipment as the Internet, but not for long, as the
match had been lit.
|Opportunities 1994 - 1998
At a time of changing technologies
Bell Atlantic / Verizon invested in expanding the horizons a few of their
employees. My part in regard to the new
tech and governmental style entities that were locating to the Clarksburg
- Morgantown, WV
I-79 Tech corridor: The area of ordained growth.
Though around $100,000 was invested in me
alone, I would spend evenings studying and locating further
reference materials. I would push myself even further at home,
accomplished with a wife's allowances and 36 hour weekends. A
symbiotic connection made between mind and machine, whereas
hours pass as minutes.
A Non-Listed PHD would
inform me that I had broken then Industry records.
A later position in Verizon
IT Special Services afforded
educational pursuits at
Technologies (Eriksson) Attending branch locations in the
cities of Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Rockville
Springs Maryland, Reston
Virginia, Lisle Illinois, Washington DC and Toronto Canada.
Some illustrations of the
A student at the Reston Town Center stating it was an exciting time and
great things were coming out of of West Virginia.
also be asked to
address other class members
(sometimes desperate) questions concerning business aspects relative to the then burgeoning Internet.
I would be informed that I was in the the top four percent in the world
within my field/s.
Hughes Networks would send a large portfolio to my home.
I was one of the most credentialed persons within Bell Atlantic
man innocuously stress tests me at Tysons Corner before stating
he never had encountered someone like me,
as the man kept
throwing out salaries. Stating he had clients that wanted
me yesterday, whereas I later wondered if such was really a chance encounter
Fulfilling Time & Decisions
it was a fulfilling time until I
experimenting with "talking over the internet." Choppy, less then walkie-talkie quality
communications that would be later referred to as VOIP. A game
changer that was only going to end our
company model. Shortly thereafter, I
meet with the CEO of Bell Atlantic /
Verizon along with about 60 others. Informing him of the above, along
with a few other perceptions.
In any regard; Bell / Verizon
aggressively turned their technological innovations away from
West Virginia to more lucrative markets.
Their focus being Wireless and FIOS. To stay
relevant, I was told that I would have to move from West Virginia; If I didn't my
background would fade, become outdated and forgotten.
As to the image on the left. Minus,
one corporate entity, who sent a portfolio to my
home in hopes of acquiring me, I would literally
astound the others with literal last minute
interventions and would also change one's
corporate technology manual. Thus, void the two
week out of state course to be approved for Bell
Atlantic's then Federal Systems Designation.
My wife and
I stayed and created a website at a time when
the Internet of "everyday life" was still far
off. She incorporating new processes that would
allow her products to arrive in the customer's
hands by the next day, or the day after. Unheard
of concepts that other companies were driven mad
over. This cannot be! Calls coming in wanting
our company, then me, if they could've reached
through the phone they would have. A Venture
Capitalist Firm did their research and wanted to
purchase it. Though flattering, it was my wife's
endeavor. It was new, it was fun and it brought
her joy, so I turned them down.
We would also freely
share information until some became frantic. So,
I would ham-string our site and stop taking
calls. 1999 would then arrive, and from that
point forward our lives would never be the same.
A few years later, in December of 2002, I was
informed that my records that none in five
States could touch, were sent to Central
Shredding and destroyed. Thus, I had an
opportunity few would ever experience in life.
That of being erased.