I discovered during my military career that I had an ability to write well. In particular, I could take complex issues and write them in a way that was easily understandable by the general public. When I ran a cutting-edge software development project, that gift helped me make effective presentations to very senior military leaders and build the project from a proof-of-concept to a multi-million-dollar effort. Later, as a civilian, I used those skills in putting together statements of work and performance work statements for difficult reconstruction projects in Iraq.
Since then, I’ve been on the other side, helping clients understand what the contracting officers really want, and helping them put together winning proposals. Every project has been different, from a construction project in Afghanistan, to wind farms in the North Sea, to underwater surveys of offshore oil rigs, to clearing unexploded ordnance at Army bases. This variety of experiences keeps things interesting and fun.
When I’m not working on proposals, you can find me in my studio working on a new painting.