Member since : 2013
My interest in decoy collecting stems from a combination of my love of the outdoors, my interest in antiques, and woodworking. Most of the furniture in my home is over 100 years old or I built it myself.
Background : In 1997 I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Following graduation from MTU I worked at General Motors and DaimlerChrysler in both manufacturing and within Scientific Labs. Later in my career I entered the Defense industry where I ultimately formed my own company, DRIVE Developments, Inc. Most of DRIVE’s work is based in connected vehicle electronics design/prototyping and various Internet based solutions ranging from vehicle tracking to this decoy website. Our clients range from Special Operations to some of the nation’s top law firms. I have also had the pleasure of working as an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University where I instruct Masters Degree courses in Engineering since 2012. I have also served as both consultant and expert witness in patent litigation and reviews before the US Patent & Trademark Office. I have served as a director on various military and commercial boards in my career and spoke at various events around the world on technology related to connected vehicles.
Other Involvements : I attend as many decoy and antique shows as possible given my busy schedule. Westlake, OH; Niagara Falls, Ontario, and of course the National Show in St. Charles are my most frequented events. And like most everyone else I enjoy picking decoys and antiques at estate sales. I enjoy coaching my kids in youth baseball (ages 5-15) and I am currently coaching my 15th team this year. I have 5 kids ranging from 2 to 15 years old. I enjoy fishing with my kids, woodworking, travel and collecting antiques (including decoys). I have authored two books in recent years (both unpublished thus far) and I have been awarded a couple of technology patents over the years.
The Collector : My collection tends to focus on decoys east of the Mississippi from the southern region of Virginia up to Toronto, Canada. Great form dictates what I collect more than anything. From Walter Brady to Orel LeBoeuf form is everything.
Favorite Decoy : A pair of Orel LeBouef bluebills. These rigmates have some of LeBouef's best form and wing relief carving. I had my (then) 13 year old son do the bidding at the Guyette and Deeter Auction so they have the special memory of him sweating bullets, and coin.
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