My career began in the summers of 1973, 74 & 75. During that time I was living in Studio City attending Notre Dame High School. Every summer I would go to Orange County and spend much of the summer with my Grandparents who lived in Laguna Beach. I loved diving, surfing, windsurfing & fishing, and did these sports up and down the coast of California. I found a job at Dyno Surf Shop in Huntington Beach.
This job paved the way for my love of the surf and sportswear industry. While at Dyno Surf Shop I was fortunate enough to work along side surf legends such as David Nuuhewa and Corky Carroll. I can’t even describe the fun, endless summers we had. However, fall would come & it was time to get back to school. After graduating from Notre Dame I enrolled in Pierce College.
I had now fallen in love with skiing and was downhill ski racing when I could fit it into my school schedule. One of my ski race adventures led to my enrollment into the College of Idaho. While there, to make ends meet, I found a job as a waiter. While working in the restaurant industry I learned the important skill of comfortably conversing with people I didn’t know. After a year in Idaho I was craving some warmth & sunshine.
I briefly moved to Hawaii. I was able to get a job at Lahaina Dive Shop in Maui. I did retail sales selling dive equipment and dive charters. Following my heart, I eventually left Maui and moved to San Diego and enrolled into Mesa Jr. College earning my degree from San Diego State. I moved to Orange County and got a job at the Newport Ski Company.
I loved selling the quality sportswear they carried and I found I was really good at it. My time with this company was educational and memorable. I enjoyed what I did and the tight bonds I had with my fellow employees. After three years with Newport Ski Company, I now had the knowledge and confidence needed to go out on my own and become an independent sales rep for various clothing companies.