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Trey was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1973, and he still lives and works near Asheville. After dropping out of highschool at the age of 16, he went on to graduate from Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, NC, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at the age of 19, and completed the Master of Business Administration degree two years later at the age of 21. He and his now wife, Shelby, decided to take a Master’s in Human Resource Development after that, while they were deciding what to do next. Later on he completed the Master of Entrepreneurship degree program, because his parents had created the program and he thought it sounded like fun.
He started his first venture, a web page development company, at the age of 18. After completing his MBA, Trey spent some time as a business plan consultant, working for business owners looking for venture capital funding. He now runs the family business, an academic conferencing and publishing company, and oversees the production of seventeen academic journals.
When Trey was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2004 at the age of 31, he started trying to make sense of a world that he thought he already knew. His research took him well beyond the realm of business to a study of science and medicine, including everything from biology to physics to alternative healing practices.
Looking to fill in the gaps in what these subjects were missing, he began studying various religions, shamanism, metaphysics, spirituality, meditation, and eventually discovered advaita and the idea of cosmic consciousness. He then realized that enlightenment and self-realization was what he had been trying to find all along.
Trey is the co-founder of the Asheville Sangha online community (http://www.AshevilleSangha.com), which was developed for people interested in non-duality, self-realization, meditation, enlightenment, etc. He also facilitates Awakening Practices Group meetings in the Asheville area. Trey invites contact and exchange with any reader who feels a draw or a need. You can reach him, and follow his current writings through his on-going blog or Facebook.