This is something I should have done long ago for which I will apologize . Actually, I am doing this because some very nice folks were in looking at their second Airstream they were buying from me and mentioned that they had seen my name in this forum several times. I have not looked through the forums yet. I wanted to introduce myself first.
Born and raised in the Springfield, Illinois. In 1968
, at the tender age of 18, I enlisted in the Air Force basically to start a new adventure in my life. Little did I know it would change my life forever. The first 9 years, I was an NDI (Non destructive Inspection) Specilist which was an aircraft inspector responsible for inspecting aircraft for structural defects using a variety of methods. The next 11 years, I was an engineer for AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio and Television Service) which provided the opportunity to travel extensively around the world visiting over 20 different countries. During my 20 years, I was stationed in Viet Nam, South Dakota, Texas, Germany, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, and ending up in Texas where I retired from. I am one of the few that entered the Air Force in San Antonio, Texas and retired there.
Following the year after my retirement, I was hired by DOD to build the first state of the art digital video post production facility in San Bernadino, California. Completing that assignment, I was hired by a video/audio equipment manufacturing company in San Diego as an applications engineer. Over the next 10 years, I progressed through the company into the position as Director of sales in the late 90s where I spent a couple of years living on airplanes, in hotels, rental cars and meetings. At the age of 50, I decided I had enough of the rat race and a failing marriage, I resigned and got a divorce and decided I would go full timing.
I started with a small class C motorhome, then moved into 5th wheels. In the early 2000s, I worked at a couple of places and one of those places was the Fiesta Key KOA in the Florida Keys as a Workamper. In 2003, I answered an ad by Frank Bates who was looking for full timers for sales people. So, nine years later and I am still here. It was a good fit. I came to really enjoy the Airstream products and differences and the people who came to look at them. Over time, I became the Airstream "Guru" at Bates. I pride myself on knowing the Airstream extremely well and combining that with my full timing experience makes for a very informed salesman to my customers. I also pride myself on providing service to my customers before, during and after the sale. I am always ready to help in any way I can.
I look forward to being of help whenever I can on this Forum.