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I was Born and raised in Elmira, N.Y. (Mark Twain Country) on March 30th. 1972. A few weeks later, Hurricane Agnes remnants caused massive flooding throughout the North East of the United States. Chemung County (home to Elmira) was devastated. I really wonder what Mark Twain would have said in his words about the historic event! I left the area two years after graduation from Elmira Southside High School (Green Hornets) in 1992 to become an Assistant Manager with Rex T.V. (sold electronic appliances).
I returned back to Elmira in 1995 and manufactured television picture tubes with Toshiba Westinghouse in Horseheads, N.Y. I then increased my tech skills by working with my Father’s company Hardings Brother’s manufacturing machines that cut the worlds strongest metals. In the spring of 1997, I moved to Binghamton, N.Y. and played hockey as a Goalie. I played for two months in Toronto Canada before receiving a ‘Try-out’ with the Mohawk Valley Prowlers of the UHL. I then was sent back to Binghamton, N.Y. for a possible 10-day contract to play with the B.C. Icemen of the UHL. After coming up short (3rd. on the roster, I turned to Semi-pro football with the B.C. Jets as a wide receiver for tow years. Then, I played as a wide receiver with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Soaring Eagles. In the fall of 2001, I coached little league football for the next three seasons.
In 2004 I was running my company Chess Empire LLC distributing the Chess Empire board game that I created, when we welcomed (my Wife, son Brandon (2 years old at the time) and I), my first Daughter Marikka into the world on September 18th. My Wife had to be boated off of our property in order to give birth that day because we suffered our first of three floods on that day!! After three floods within an 18 month time period (2004-2006), the final flood took our home and all of our belongings.
Today, we still live in the same city but high on a hill (dry). We welcomed another girl (Jahzara) to the world on November 18th. 2007. I’ve come to understand a few things about life. Sometimes, unforeseen occurrences may seem like failure in disguise, but it has always been about the survival. It takes having an incredible wife and a strong grip on family values. Many people claim that ‘we fall so that we can learn how to get back up!! I do not agree. I look at it this way: Why do we fall? It happens because somewhere along the way we ‘tripped or something like unforeseen occurrences tripped us up’ and that is what made us fall!!
In order to get up, we need to understand what was in our way and how to avoid it from happening again or at least prepare ourselves for the unseen. It is then and only then that we can make the attempts to get back on our feet.
It is our will and determination that drives us all towards finding successes that benefit life. So never give up no matter what we are up against. Remember that I just said ‘we’ because it is almost impossible to do it yourself!! Thank you for reading and I hope that you stay with us as we journey together and strive to win at this game called: L I F E