Always do the right thing
I was born in Ohio where my Mother and father owned a construction business, they sold and opened the first fine dining restaurant in Leucadia called “When In Rome…” when I was three years old. My parents recognized something very special about Encinitas and purchased a home in the Via Cantebria community and went on to invest in real estate as their love for the area grew. I attended St. Johns while they pioneered the fine dining industry. The restaurant was an instant success, I still meet customers at Open Houses and events that tell me how special When In Rome was to them. A true testament to the hard work and passion my parents poured into the legacy.
Being born into the family’s fine dining business, I grew up in the public eye and spent my days accommodating and mingling with all types of interesting locals. Working in the restaurant introduced me to people with diverse interests and cultures. My parents’ creative culinary talents and passion for gourmet food made the business a success, it also made me realize that I possessed the same creative talents, but not the same passion for food.
As the world turned, a group of advertising executives would frequent the establishment and as fate would have it, was introduced to digital media design, where I found my passion and creative outlet. It was obvious that advertising would give my life extraordinary approval from the community that influenced me, to which my later work belonged. So I moved to Portland to study under Mr. Moore’s team and the Weiden+Kennedy group while attending the Art Institute of Portland. Unfortunately what I wanted specifically out of school, was not something the curriculum could provide.