I was born in Burbank, California and grew up in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley. My family’s main weekend activity was sailing, usually out of Marina Del Rey. We had a 24’ Macgregor trailorable boat in our front yard and we sailed it in overnight coastal races (Newport, San Diego, Ensenada). Pretty exciting stuff for a 10 year-old! Heading over to Catalina every summer was also a blast. Our friends brought their dive gear and I was in awe watching them assemble their kits, back-roll like Lloyd Bridges and stay down for an hour. One day, I thought, I was going to learn how to do that.
I studied Economics at UC Santa Cruz and later attended business school at UC Berkeley. The first half of my career was spent in banking and consulting in the SF Bay Area with the second half spent here in Hawai’i where I am the CFO for a health plan covering Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries.
While still in San Francisco in 1996, I had a consulting client in Honolulu and decided to take a scuba class. Despite some equalization problems I was able to get my OW certification. My wife and I did a lot of diving in Mexico (Cabo, La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta), Puerto Rico, Belize, Cayman, the Florida Keys, and of course, Hawai’i, where we moved in 2008.
I found a group of like-minded shore divers on Oahu who meet up on weekends wherever the surf allows a safe (but sometimes sketchy) entry. My monthly highlight over the past few years has been the ODA dives with Island Divers Hawai’i. My wife and I are very passionate about the environment and eliminating single-use plastics. We’ve always looked for beach clean-ups as a way to get involved and while these feel good, diving with ODA to clean up our coastal waters is by far the most rewarding because the impact on the marine life is profound and immediate.
I obtained my Dive Master (DM) rating last summer and have since completed the Dive Against Debris specialty through PADI’s Project Aware. I offer my DM services to Island Divers Hawai’i on busy weekends and also on the ODA charters. I particularly enjoy working with ODA-HI’s Volunteer Dive Team Coordinator Ken Staples to find ways to broaden the ODA impact on Oahu. On this small island with almost a million people there is so much more ODA can do to restore and protect the marine environment. Let’s make it happen!