I am farm boy from New Brunswick, Canada.
I am a middle child.
I was bullied in the 6th grade.
I beat up the bully in the 8th grade.
I played a grandfather clock in the high school play, with one line. I practiced a lot.
I nearly failed grade 12. I probably should have.
I met my wife, Shirley, in college. Our first kiss was on 10/30/76. We were married on 01/07/78.
I almost burned down our hotel room on our wedding night.
Thus far, Shirley and I have lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, North Carolina, and Indiana.
I have been hired 10 times, resigned 9 times, and told to resign once. I feel like I'm getting there!
My speaking opportunities have taken me to England, South Africa, Barbados, Dominican Republic,
Jamaica, Australia, China, and throughout US & Canada.
Our son, Jordan, was born a Tar Heel, and our daughter, Janna, was born a Hoosier.
Jordan and his wife, Kara, live in Alexandria, Virginia, and have four children.
Janna and her husband Brendan live in Tucson, Arizona, and have one child.
I am Bampy to five grandchildren.
Whether speaking to one person across the coffee table or 10,000 people throughout an arena,
I view the opportunity as a privilege and honor.
I do not try to change anyone with my speaking. I do everything I can to
facilitate an experience where people will know they are believed in.
When I talk to people, they know I see them.