I am original from San Jose, California. In 1975 I invented the Pet Rock Training Leash and later that year, the Penny Bracelet. The Penny Bracelet along with other coin novelties were marketed to gift shops including Disneyland, American Museum of Folk Art and Smithsonian Institute. (http://Never-Broke.com)
In 1995 I authored the book, "How to Market Your Crafts to Retail Stores" (ISBN 0964812800).
I have been a rock and roll / blues musician since 1970. I was trained by John Sharkey from Syndicate of Sound. I play piano, organ. accordion and synthesizer. He has performed with famous musicians such as Lydia Pense from Cold Blood, and Pat Simmons from the Doobie Brothers among others.
In 1995-1998 I compiled proximity search data (ZipCode USA) for use in "nearest dealer" / store locators. My current clients include fortune 500 companies, such as Geico, Bank of America, Allstate, Farmers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Anthem/Blue Cross, and Target.
In 2008 I invented the CamStand ®, a device used for macro photography by the FBI, CIA. DOJ, University and Hospital Pathology Labs and companies such as Google, Intel, Kellogg's and Nike. (http://CamStand.com)
In 2015 I Founded GripTough a manufacturer of Cell Phone Mounting Accessories.