Alumnus Recalls Pinball and Ponies At The Rat

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“I joined Nu Chapter for several reasons, but the most important was the people. It was a comfortable group of guys who enjoyed spending time together and having fun. There weren't many Chemistry majors in the group back then, but that was not a critical factor at the time.

My favorite memories are of the Pig Roast we had every year—digging the pit in the front yard, doing the 24 hour roast, the camaraderie, etc.  Fun and games with your 100+ closest friends!  Hiking the woods around the foothills nearby, spelunking, swimming in the lakes, participating in the games against other frats and sororities, and just skipping down Pugh Street after a night at the Rat and playing hours of pinball for 50 cents. Dave and I had that one machine pegged and sold our games at the end of the night to cover our Pony Bottle cases at the Rat.

I'm still in touch with Dave McClelland, my roomie, and Joyce, my gf, but would love to get in touch with more alumni. They can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As for my job, all I can say is it’s been a long and winding road.  Right now I'm the owner of two small businesses. One is an appraisal firm and I'm the only employee, so it’s not like there's a bunch of people working for me. The bubble of the late 2000s hit this industry hard, but I survived and am now thriving. Legal issues involving banks have pretty much prevented me from bringing on any trainees since no one accepts their work anymore. But I learned at AXE and PSU that if you do whatever it takes to get something done, whatever it is, that everything else will fall into place.

The second is an investment firm that is just taking off, and I have a partner and several associates on the team who are making strides and should have tangible results in the near future.  I've discovered over the years that my father's generation is likely the last we'll ever see that had a retirement/ pension plan. Loyalty in business (as an "employee") is not what it used to be apparently.

My time at AXE helped prepare me for the future in many ways.  Working with different people from different backgrounds, learning different cultures and beliefs, finding the strengths in others and putting them to work for the good of the whole, and staying focused on the task at hand were factors that helped me find my way through the myriad trials of public life.

Right now I'm raising my 10 year-old daughter (yes, I was late to breed) and loving every minute of it. She is my life and I wouldn't trade it for a second. I've got a wonderful partner and we are making our way through our 4th year together between Orlando and Jacksonville Beach, and she has also brought many good things into my life. We love the beach, or any body of water for that matter, and have been exploring new regions of the country as much as we can.  Travel, golf, cooking, movies, and just being with good friends, old and new, are just some things we all enjoy.

Although it may have taken me many years in life, I've found that my accomplishments professionally are a sideline to the real world.  It really doesn't matter what you do, just do it well, and act like you are signing every piece of work every day.  Take ownership of it and make it the best you can.  Take the time to smell the roses, literally. Times change, as do people, but the pursuit and hopefully attainment of happiness are most important. Life is short. Live each day to its fullest. Love with all your heart, laugh hard and often, live every day as if it were your last, and dare to dream lofty dreams.”