My work history by age rundown...may have forgotten something...
18: Worked at Macrobiotic restaurant–Learned Nutrition and Cooking
20: Worked at Soy Dairy, exploring the uses and production of Soy milk and other soy products. Instrumental in the development of first Soy yogurt and Soy based ice creams
21: Vice President of demolition and salvage operation-Tore down and salvaged homes, barns and factory buildings (up to five stories). Sold recycled materials.
22-23: Learned carpentry and construction, worked on crew building houses, etc.
23-28: Started and operated successful remodeling company.
26-45: Started and operated Alternative Energy Business including stoves, Solar and conservation. Sold Business in 1998.
33-35: Bought and operated Wood stove manufacturing business- Learned the cast-iron foundry business as well as other aspects of metalworking.
35-40: Bought and operated importing and marketing company that sells Central Heating products. Visited Denmark twice. Introduced new products to the market successfully. Developed marketing and sales programs. Wrote Technical Manuals.
38-41: Invented and Patented new product–Manufactured and marketed same with first year sales exceeding projections. Sold business in 1998.
40-48: Created Hearth.com, a top rated site on the Internet. Also created many web sites for clients inside and outside the hearth industry.
48-58: Continuation of work on multiple projects – received patent for hearth and chimney related apparatus. Sold chimney company and patents. Hearth.com traffic (yearly) passed 3 million readers.
58-60+: Hearth.com hits new records – becomes larger than such well known web sites as ZipCar, The North Face, Brookstone and many others.
2014 – Hearth.com sold to willing buyer who intends to further develop the site!
2013-2015+ – CHI Associates starts new web site - droneflyers.com - for drone (quadcopter) beginners which already has over 150,000 pages read monthly. Two Amazon ebooks and print books related to the drone site have become best-sellers – #1 and #2 in the category.
Non Profit, Volunteer and Teaching Work
One of my non-profit projects involved setting up a complete computer lab and network at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington County (NJ). We got Steve Wozniak (The Woz), a founder of Apple Computer, to help with the first donation for the project!
I also volunteered as an advisor, teacher and trainer at Hopework ‘N Camden, an org that teaches technology to disadvantaged youth in Camden, NJ. Subjects that I taught include digital video, digital photography and PHP/MySql programming. In 2014 I did a “drone camp” at Hopeworks, where an introduction to aerial robotics was given.
I currently live in New England and try to winter in Sarasota, FL when possible!
Buying and Flying the DJI Phantom Quadcopters
by Craig Issod
DJI Phantom Quadcopters represent a major milestone in the adoption of consumer level drones. This is a drone that, just a few short years ago, would have been impossible to build at anywhere near the current pricing. Similar vehicles have been built in the last few years, but they are usually in kit form or are unfinished and require time, patience and mechanical & technical skills.