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University of Utah
Vice President / Business Development for New Jersey-based Just Solar where I work full-time (virtually) from High Aves Modern.
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States · Member since May 2009

An Airbnb host since May 2009, I have successfully hosted more than 700 Airbnb guests at my home. I am progressive, well-connected and involved in the community where I have lived for 41 years.

I am an affable and natural host who was an executive in the international travel industry for 25 years. A "child entrepreneur" and adventure travel pioneer, I founded my first company in 1983 which was an in-bound tour operator (partner with Delta Airlines) specializing in Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Dinosaur rafting expeditions. This professional experience provided me with informed knowledge about the national parks and other extraordinary travel destinations across the vast American West. I sold this company to the largest travel agency west of the Mississippi in 1988 and worked there for the next four years.

In 1992, I launched a second company that specialized in Asian destinations such as Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Koreas. I operated this company for 16 years (until 2008). This latter enterprise took me to nearly 20 Asian countries and some of them as many as 40 times.

In 2008, I re-invented my career from international travel to renewable energy. I’m currently a business development executive for two solar companies. I work for New Jersey-based Just Solar – with field offices in California, Utah and Hawaii. I’m developing utility-scale projects in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Utah.

Previously, I had a significant role in developing the 1.7 MW rooftop solar generation plant atop the Salt Palace Convention Center. This remains the largest rooftop solar energy plant in Utah.

In 2013, I seeded Notch Peak Solar 3½ miles from a 400 mile high-voltage transmission line connecting the IPP (near Delta, Utah) with Greater Los Angeles. In October, I sold Notch Peak Solar to a 93-year-old Munich-based firm that's an international leader in solar energy development. Now, I currently work part-time for them, adding more land to the leasehold. Our intention is to build a 400+ MW solar generating plant on the 3,000 acre site that will sell electricity to municipal utilities in Greater Los Angeles and Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Having lived in Utah for nearly four decades, I have expertise and meaningful first-hand experience with and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, Mormon history and culture, the reality of the church's census information and polygamy; and what it is to successfully do business in Utah as a non-LDS (Episcopalian) person.

I am gay and out. My diverse network of friends are both straight and gay. While the Salt Lake Metro Area has 2.6 million inhabitants, this is a small town in many ways. My local circles of friends include (but not necessarily in this order): neighbors and long-timers, Mormons and non-Mormons, LGBTQ, foothill hikers, business and religious leaders, foodies, University of Utah, Landmark Worldwide, mountain folk (skiers/climbers), desert rats, dog lovers/owners, renewable energy, artists/authors, citizen diplomacy, politicos and Utah Democrats.

I love collaborative cooking and filling the dinner table with delicious food, fine wine, good beer and stimulating conversation. I workout at 24 Hour Fitness and with the SLC Kettlebell Club; and practice Bikram yoga. I love being outdoors in Utah's mountains and deserts hiking, skiing, camping and boating. I have lead programs for Landmark Worldwide.

I am passionate and enthusiastic about Airbnb and the relationships that I have forged through this unique portal. Hosting guests from around the world has been an extraordinary privilege, and the friendships sourced through Airbnb have been profound.