I am a husband, father, grandfather,
businessman, advisor,dreamer, doer, business owner, entrepreneur, CEO,
consultant, artist, photographer, teacher, craftsman, student, friend, volunteer, maverick, world
traveler, writer, author, listener, speaker and a whole lot more.
in Ellisville Missouri
with Cathy, my beautiful and truly amazing wife and life partner. We have four incredible
children and three precious grandchildren.
was born in Cape
Girardeau Missouri USA, and
except for a short time in North
Carolina when my father was in the US
Marines, I grew up on a farm in Southern
Illinois. It was a working farm and taught me the value of a good
work ethic. I was up early every morning to
feed the livestock before I went to school. I was driving and operating tractors and equipment at age 12
helping my father with planting and harvesting crops.
It also taught me, which I didn't realize until years later, a way of thinking. When equipment broke, often
there wasn't time, or sometimes money, to get the needed part. So it was to the shop to see what was could be
used to get the equipment up and running. It was not an option to not fix it, there had to be a solution. It
just needed to be thought thru. The lesson... Never, Never, Never
I have degrees in Commercial Art,
Business, with a Marketing minor and an MBA in International Business. I had successful 30 year corporate
career with a Fortune 100 company. I earned a six-figure salary, company car and I had the opportunity to travel
the world. But that also meant working 60+ hour weeks, and was typically gone from home for 2 or more weeks at a
time. I have told many people that my corporate experience taught me a lot about how to run a successful
business, but it also taught me a lot about how not to run a business.
We Wanted A different Life!!
No one will ever accumulate any personal
wealth working for someone else. We have told many people that working for someone else taught us a lot
about how to run a business, but it also taught us a lot about how not to run a business.
So we decided to do it our way!
Corporation was founded in 2001, with a core competency of Management Consulting; to individuals,
startup ventures and existing businesses. Over time, we added five other diverse business units; real estate
services, real estate investment; construction; marketing services, and promotional fulfillment.
However, by 2008, we realized the businesses
were running our life. Our priorities had changed, yours most likely will too. We should never take life for
granted; we never know what tomorrow will bring. We believe in planning, in life and in business. Determine what
you want, create a plan and put the plan into action, otherwise nothing will happen.
Cathy and I wanted to have more time to spend with each
other and our family. We wanted an income that would not be tied to a building or location, employees or
inventory. We wanted no limit on our income, and an ongoing stream of income without working long hours. We
wanted to have more time to do what we wanted. We wanted a business that could be managed from anywhere in the
world. After due diligence, careful analysis and review, the answer was an online business. We named the
new venture GoForTheTop.
It is said, “Money will not buy
Philosophically, we agree. However, to survive, short of living in a cave, we all must
pay for shelter, we must eat, we need clothes, we need to stay warm in the winter, and would like to stay cool
in the summer, and there will always be bills to pay. If you are constantly worried about money, it affects every
aspect of your life, your health, your emotions, and your relationships. So few accept they have the power to
change that. Fear is powerful, it can be fear of failure, but as strange as it seems, some have a fear of
So, What About
Simply hoping your life will change will not
get you there, hope is not a plan! You must make the decision to change your life, and it will likely mean
stepping outside your comfort zone, to take a chance. It is easy to go with the flow, to just accept what comes,
it is hard to make changes, but is only when we do, that our lives will change. Most everyone has either been
asked, or forced, to do something they didn’t want, or think they could do. And yet, somehow they did and were
amazed they had done it, and with that accomplishment came pride and satisfaction.
We are real people who came from humble
beginnings and have created the lifestyle for ourselves and our family that we wanted. One of our core beliefs
is to not only pay back, but to pay forward, to help others attain personal and financial success in life and in
business. We would be honored to be able to play a
part in helping you reach your dreams!
"Do or Do Not.... There Is No Try" - Yoda