As good old blue eyes sang…
“I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing Each time I find myself flat on my face I pick myself up and get back in the race “
These lyrics captures the essence of my life in every way, and the belief that if anyone is going to do anything extraordinary in my life it must be me.
So, you ask for my resume.
I’ve been a son, brother, husband, uncle , priest, teacher, account executive, management supervisor, and entrepreneur.
I’ve run small businesses and global organizations and everything in between. I’ve been president, COO and CEO of major multinational companies.
I’ve worked on the client side and the consulting side of organizations. I’ve been an active participant on boards, from transforming residences to finding shelter for the homeless.
I’m Italian. I’m Catholic. I’m mature. I’m gay. And none of of these define me. They each refine me for I am the totality of all of them.And I’m a lot to deal with.
I’ve been embraced. I’ve been discarded. I been trusted and I’ve been feared. I’ve been loved and abhorred. But most of all I am intolerant of injustice, bullying, and exclusion, and I’m intolerant of those who don’t celebrate comprehensive diversity and inclusion and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
I’ve always been forthright, purposeful, driven, results-oriented, and packaged with a strong point of view.
If not included in the room where the conversation occurs, I remove the hinges from the door and walk in and say, “Greetings” with open arms. If shut down, I leave the room with dignity and respect for all, but secure the hinges back on and bolt the door from the outside so no one else will ever feel that sense of marginalization.
My journey has been one of finding my footing. My voice. My values. And the essence of my soul that cuts to my core which transcends all the labels, titles and badges we use to define ourselves (which I’ve done above): music in its totality has been the backdrop for every phase of my life and development.
It is the score to my life.
Every moment along my personal quest has been and continues to be filled with lyrics, music , cacophony, and sometimes, fortunate, sheer harmony.
I am very fortunate to be in this stage of my life and have the freedom to align with that and those who are important to me.
And music is indeed my passion.
And Turtle Bay Music School is one of those passions, because at the age of 58 it gave me the gift of song. At the age of 62 I’m singing, “That’s life!”