I have been a serial entrepreneur since childhood. My first “business” involved selling seeds door to door during the summer months between first and second grade.
During six years of service in the U.S. Army, I received training in electronics and this experience launched my civilian career in the gaming industry which spanned 24 years.
I’ve held progressively responsible technical, supervisory and management positions at casinos owned by the Boyd Group (Sam’s Town), Harrah’s (now Caesar’s Entertainment), Grand Casinos (also now part of Caesar’s Entertainment) as well as Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Minnesota.
The last few years in the gaming industry, I managed the 2,400 slot machines at Treasure Island as well as working on the development of the gaming floor layout for Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs, California as Director of Gaming with Lakes Entertainment, a casino management company.
The entrepreneurial urge that sprouted early in my life blossomed during this period. The technical expertise that I had acquired proved to be an asset that others in the gaming industry found valuable. I established a casino consultant business, doing work for several casinos in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and California.
As busy as my career activities have kept me, I found time to pursue a lifelong interest in aviation. After earning my private pilot’s license in 2000, I purchased my own airplane and performed volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol as well as the EAA’s Young Eagle program.
With the weak economy and no new casino projects on the horizon, in 2009 I was one of many in the gaming industry to find myself out of work.
Once again, I started a new business. As another of my avocations was computer technology, I had begun in 2003 to explore the field of Internet marketing. Suddenly freed from the constraints of traditional employment, I was prepared to launch into the Internet marketing arena with full force.
I began this exciting new phase of my career by learning website design. This knowledge prepared me to launch a series of websites for individuals who desired to promote themselves, their products or services, or their passionate interest.
Over the next two years, I developed the skills necessary to not only develop creative websites, but to optimize those websites for the major search engines, enabling client websites to rank high for their respective search terms.
With the ability to offer a wide range of Internet marketing services to local business owners, Prism Enterprises was born.