What job would you be terrible at?
Helicopter pilot. I get terribly motion sick and all the openness and windows (and noise) of a helicopter aid in my misery. I once paid $250 for the privilege of getting air sick on a helicopter tour of the Big Island in Hawai’i.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I grew up with both, so how could I possibly pick sides? Rest in peace my dear Wilma, Abby, Casey and Harper. However, when I retire, I would like to raise and train working dogs, so maybe that is your answer.
How are finances important in your everyday life?
Making sound financial decisions today will enable me to best care for my family today and in the future. I hope to retire sooner rather than later, so saving now will help me achieve that goal, help put my children through college and ensure they don’t have to care for their parents (me and my wife) when we all grow older.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised just outside of Washington, D.C. in the Virginia suburbs. I remained in Virginia for college (University of Virginia) and then spent some time in San Francisco for a database startup, before return to Virginia and ultimately migrating south to Tampa, Florida, where I currently reside.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of writing about finance?
I’m a numismatic enthusiast (coin collector). What else would a financial writer do in his spare time besides collect coins? All my other time is spent devoted to my family - a supportive and beautiful wife, and two adorable children that keep me young.
What is one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their life?
Write a book or ride a horse. That’s two things, but each is profound in its own way. Everyone has something to say - so share your stories, ideas, experiences, creativity or opinion by writing a book. Notice I didn’t say publish a book. That can be time consuming and expensive (thought it does have its own merits.) When you write a book, you can share it with friends, or pass it down to family members for generations. Horses have a majestic quality that is difficult to articulate; you just have to experience them close up and personally. Go to a stable, sign up for a lesson, meet a horse up close and then go for a ride.