This is my bio. I’m the one on the right. The guy on the left is Aung Ngwe (best guide in Bagan by the way.)
I was born and raised in Boston, spending my summers in Gloucester, where my first job was working in a fish processing plant, then lobstering. When I graduated from Groton, I started spending my summers doing research for my Dad’s company in Europe, igniting a travel lust that continues to this day.
I was at Duke, 19 years old when my father passed away.
After graduating from Duke, I started my career in advertising and marketing, working in Raleigh (Rockett, Burkhead, Lewis and Winslow) and Dallas (The Richards Group) At The Richards Group, I made many lifelong friends, including Owen Hannay who started Slingshot in his house and I worked in my house as the creative half of the equation. When I returned to Boston, I started my own agency. Over the course of that part of my career, I worked on accounts such as Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Continental Airlines, Neimain Marcus, TGIFridays and many more accounts, both large and small.
In 2003, I had lunch with Cam Kerry, John’s brother. After some stops and starts by the end of 2003, I was heavily involved in John’s campaign and by Super Tuesday in March 2004, I decided to stay the distance. It was an amazing life-changing experience. But we lost.
My good friend Peter Daou and I helped with the launch of The Huffington Post, a topic that is now part of a lawsuit and I then restarted my agency to focus on progressive and environmental groups with the new media world. I also was Senior Online Consultant to Governor Bill Richardson’s campaign in 2008 and then a regular contributor to MSNBC, CNN and FOX NEWS as a commentator.
Throughout it all, this trip, the journey my father took and didn’t come back from, has been unfinished business. When my mother passed away in 2011, I just knew that it was time to go. I shut down my business and walked away.
The trip was incredible. The trip was actually far longer than the book. I went from Bangkok to Vietnam, through Laos and Cambodia – down to Singapore and then into Burma. I went home for Christmas and then went back.
The book took a long time to write. I had great editors and great support and in the end, decided to have Sunra Thompson and the team at McSweeney’s finish off the limited edition; after that, not sure what will happen to it. But it’s beautiful.
You can message me via the Facebook page for Floating and I look forward to hearing from you.
Enjoy the book – and the journey.