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My story started in 1966 with tactical sensations and very limited sight so birth not much to report rather than was born in NYC.
I remember a little of NYC as a small child but having been back many times most memories are from the later.
I did attend kindergarten in New York and then our family came back to my moms original hometown in Odessa Missouri.
School in Missouri I was a year younger than the others in first grade.
I won’t spend time on school other than to say I was extremely busy in and out of school.
Band, Drama, Debate, Journalism, Photography And Selling Things like Merlite Jewelry, Seeds, And Cards in study hall.
Eagle Scout (two troops town and church two camps a year) Explorer hike (Philmont) Kansas City Ballet (in the company short time) Kathy & Rick Murphy Dance Studios, European tour with the Mid-America orchestra group (played clarinet oboe and saxophone) Youth community betterment. These are the biggest.
Graduated in High School in 1984
Attended college at Northwest Missouri State University majoring in psychology
Opted into a state training program by the Missouri Department of mental-health to work in their state facilities, Saint Joseph state hospital, graduated with multiple licenses.
Worked at St. Joseph’s state hospital for a few years. FYI Saint Joseph state hospital is now a prison however they do have a museum there left over from the state facility.
Moved to Tampa short time again different corporate job and helping a friend setting up business.
Another long term friend in San Antonio called one day. They collected vintage cars and we used to go to the classic car club in Austin Texas. I had a Lincoln Mark 3. Also they have a huge dealership that’s been in his family for a long time. He suggested to me we start a limo service with vintage limos I thought that was an awesome idea so I moved from Tampa back to San Antonio. Now that’s the second time in San Antonio. It never took off so I worked several jobs and still All the time buying and selling, not online however.
Here in San Antonio is where thing got Crazy And changed in Two Major Ways.
I enjoy classical music Tchaikovsky Chopin Mozart and Handel.
First way was that I opened Keyhole Production Studios, fancy name for a strip a gram company at first. Didn’t stay that way long. All the performers were not used to a young not “trashy” Business. I learned quickly how much they paid in commissions, Schedule issues and on and on. On the opposite side, meaning club owners bars and special events, they were always annoyed due to unprofessional operations by the services they were using. Well LOL what do you think I did?
Bingo, I set up a way to do real shows professionally. The company was a instant hit with its sets, explosions, choreography, themes costumes, and lighting. With my previous experience in the theater from ballet drama and many hundreds of performances experience. I was always the one helping set the technicians and setting up backdrops. With all the years of selling and reselling items including clothing I knew how to take care of costumes and I had the contacts to get them made. Another advantage is I was able to draw in all of the best performers form the entire state and even out of state. they did not get gouged by my company and didn’t have other issues as before with all the other companies but mine.
On the opposite side, club-owners came out of the woodwork asking for shows. Being organized and creative all I had to do was a couple shows with lighting, choreography good performances nice music. Short time later operating 150 employees shows booked and tours done in over 26 states. But mostly with in Texas and Louisiana.
Things went well for a few great years. I was happy. The money allowed me to do the things with my business I wanted to do so I was able to market and grow rapidly very fast and no problems really whatsoever. I had just landed a huge contract that would’ve allowed me to tour basically every state and then on to tour for a year. I was already making lots of money I had a beautiful home and car.
Well being in the car got me one night it was a 300ZX Nissan, I loved it too. I was in a gas station a crook came up shot me to the neck and stole my car, car jacking. I died from it three times and came back. Bye bye wealth LOL. I was out of commission with tubes so I could breathe for a Long Time. However I healed. Eventually I could breathe unassisted.
I must add until shot, all this time I was out and about at social events, Business, galleries, and night clubs. Also you need to know I never drank much, Except one really festive time in New Orleans. Always the sober Driver and that suited me just fine.
OK, I know what happened in The big easy? It’s not a long story but it’s kind of interesting I was in New Orleans on business which I was there quite often with shows. However, this particular time my performers had already flown back to Dallas for a show. I stayed because I was driving the vehicle with all the sets the props the lights etc. I stayed in New Orleans with just a friend of mine, not a employee. Well as I said I wasn’t much for drinking, always had Responsibilities.
It doesn’t take much to guess what happened. My friend said “you don’t have anything to do, Let’s Party!” And I agreed it had been a very long time since I didn’t have something to do with in five minutes. So we hit bourbon street and “bourbon” LOL. While we were in having fun we spotted a big event going on at this tattoo place because they had gotten published in some big magazine. I really don’t remember much after a few shots of tequila but I do remember feeling the tattoo going on my arm and it is what I asked for because I saw my own sketch i had drawn and it is a dragon.
There’s a lesson to be learned from me getting shot. Lost my wealth and it wasn’t so much from the fact that I died and was debilitated for quite some time. Mostly it was that my business was extremely complex and required my attention it could not be done by anyone else. And on top of that being young and not properly planning this business.
I didn’t have proper coverage so all that medical expense were mine to pay and it was a lot. The lesson here is make sure you have insurance coverage that’s adequate.
I have PTSD which now is pretty much under control. It was rather horrific.
I stayed in my home in San Antonio for about a year after the incident.
My grandmother became very ill and it was obvious she was going to need homecare. I wasn’t doing anything in San Antonio really so I packed up a rental truck and moved back to my hometown in Missouri to care for my grandmother.
Unfortunately she passed away.
So here I am in Missouri staying at my grandmothers house. So quickly I moved to a 70 acre farm right on the highway and set up my home there.
I was on disability for a time but quickly learned you cannot survive on that and nor could I survive doing nothing.
I moved from the 70 acre farm to or 60 acre farm where my business is now and I still reside.
On this farm I decided to increase my herd of cattle.
After the farm move I sold on Amazon some Barbie dolls that were nice and a few other items. My experience with Amazon was rather short, I did make a lot of money.
I knew that I needed more than just the ability to flip products I needed the ability to have a reputation in the store that would actually work.
But like I said my time on Amazon was not overly long about a year or so. Why? Well to be honest till 2018 I was not sure 🤔
One day my account was fine the next shut down. I looked for days to try and see why? First based on the email I got I thought my backgrounds were not white??
I wrote about that to them. Couple of days later my account was live and selling. The next day shut down again. I said “heck” cancelled prime and I never opened Amazon again till February 2018 to send items from TrueGether to AZ. I only had 1 message in the account that’s said they wanted details of something that wasn’t as described. No clue what item it is no record of it nothing. So who knows if I will send items to them or not.
I saw Brad Pitt at Boy Scout camp often. I met Matthew McConaughey in Austin at lake Travis and another time at a classic car club meeting. I chanted with Tina Turner at the buddhist temple in California. I sat next to and chatted with the creators of AbFab at the BBC, not about AbFab however.
We started knowing nothing about eBay Or ECommerce. Amazon was easy I only scanned and listed. eBay was much more complicated to list on.
Our original product line consisted of new high end Barbie dolls, Amazon left overs, and pre-owned clothing in large numbers and some new toys. The radio controlled cars took off. Quickly sales mounted. But we had significant challenges learning how to set up everything from a business plan to warehouse.
Our listings were not that fantastic either but adequate.
I joined eBay community to learn more about how to list and what to do.
Soon I discovered several opportunities that I could take advantage of and grow my business. One of them was changing my product line to all new products low-cost middle cost all types. Not a niche store. My niche was fast service and large inventory numbers of a variety of products. Shoppers can find anything they are looking for. I also quit selling any clothing other than new and a few high and preowned items. Suffered major measuring and listing burn out on the clothing and was losing time better spent on housewares and toys.
We are A to Z now with most all products represented.
Ebay community lead me to Facebook and people within Facebook. Ebay and nothing but eBay my friend Patty Whitlock Group I Moderate in Now. I participate in CO$T cindy’s online selling tips. BOB build your online business, bloggers hub, and Ebay for Business a few others too. I was an Administrator of Sellers helping each other and Ebay stores at nothing but eBay stores. I no longer am involved with those groups.
eBay Did A Blog On Me A Few Years Ago. I added it to my updated eBay Tips Blog
So now that I had learned how to properly list with all the bells and whistle‘s I could then focus my attention on listing and marketing.
Social Media marketing was the key to continue my business endeavors.
I have been an administrator of several help groups. I studied hard and applied everything. I discovered that I would be able to use these things I learned in different ways or combine things to make them work together. I started making strategies and calculations on how to improve my business in ways other than traditional. It didn’t take long before I became somewhat of an authority on marketing and selling online. In particular image a video graphics marketing. Associating with all the right people helped a great deal. I have been to Ebay corporate offices, eBay Radio many times. Interviews globally and guest speaking a few times at various events and meetings and attended eCom conventions.
Time still is progressing. I am older now and refining my business online and expanding into new ventures on and offline constantly.
One of the biggest benefits of social marketing and ECommerce is the interesting interactions. Plus, no matter how much you know e-commerce changes every few months that you have to learn something new you have to combine things that you did in the past in a new way. I just love coming up with new ideas and strategies and putting those into application.
I am trying, slightly, to send items again to Amazon since eBay is no longer a listing platform but a product platform. That means no different than Amazon.