I’ve always had an active imagination. As a kid, I used to craft stories in my head, and act them out with imaginary people as the other actors. This caused my parents great concern, but now they have great stories to tell. I’m happy I grew up when I did. If I had been growing up today, I probably would have been on ADHD meds before the first grade.
My short attention span and overactive imagination made it difficult for me to figure out what I wanted to do in life. At first, I thought I would be a Doctor. Why? I don’t know. I can’t recall ever having any particular passion for medicine. I guess it was just what immigrant kinds think they should do. That idea barely lasted past high school before I realized how much longer I’d need to be in school.
Finally, I fell into studying Law at McGill University. My short-lived legal career took me to Connecticut to be in-house counsel, at the largest privately owned ferry company in the United States. This also allowed me to get my first real exposure to business. I became the first person in the world to receive a business card with the title, “Counsel, International Affairs/Director, Food Services.”
After two years in Connecticut, I returned to Montreal, determined to start a non-legal career. It was at that point, that I joined Yellow Pages Media (YP) and became part of a team that was attempting to transform a 100-year old print directory into a premiere digital marketing company. It was there that I got an education in Marketing and Product Management. I launched product offerings for search engine marketing, online local display advertising, and Facebook marketing for local businesses, and eventually became the head of the digital product team. Hundreds of thousands of SMBs used our services and media.
After eight years at YP, it was time for a change, and I took a plunge into the world of startups, joining Breather, a fast growing, Montreal-based tech startup that was being referred to as the “AirBnB of office space.” I spent a year at Breather doing everything from marketing to product management to process optimization and a bunch of stuff in between.
In December of 2016, I was recruited to become the latest head of Marketing for Luxury Retreats, with a goal of helping a healthy business reach its full potential and grow aggressively. In addition to the familiar world of digital marketing, I also became responsible for PR, communications and more traditional means of advertising.
Throughout all of this, I have never stopped writing both fiction and non-fiction. As a freelance writer, I’ve written pieces for multiple online and offline publications on topics ranging from marketing to the environment.
I also co-founded Gin and Tea, a boutique video production firm; co-founded and edited an online tattoo magazine, Skin Deep in Art; wrote a marketing guide for small and medium-sized businesses entitled 21st Century Marketing; wrote a novel entitled First World Problems; write a blog about happiness, The Happiest Man in the World; and practice minimalism.
In a world that is increasingly specialized, I am a consummate generalist.
I have lived on the web for the better part of my adult life. I write, interact and exist in many places across the web. Here are just a few places you can find me.
- The Happiest Man in the World: Originally, a blog about appreciating what we have, and actively pursuing the happiest lives we can. This has slowly turned into my main home for non-fiction writing on the web.
- First World Problems Fiction: Originally, the place where I published my first novel on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Now that that novel is in the (long) process of being published, this site is the home to information about all of my fiction.
- My Email Newsletter: I send out a monthly email newsletter with news about my writing, as well as book, television, food and any other recommendations that I may have.
- Twitter: Follow my tweets for an assortment of tech, business, sports, random observations, and anecdotes.
- LinkedIn: Connect with me on LinkedIn for my professional resume.