SUMMARY ABOUT ME


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s a skilled professional, I'm uniquely qualified to meet your written communication challenges. My work has appeared in Crain's Detroit Business, HOUR Detroit, the History Channel Magazine, Costco Connection and others.


MY EDUCATION
I received my undergraduate education at Sacred Heart Seminary College in Detroit, where I earned a B.A. in philosophy and liberal arts.
MY CAREER

I'm also an author. Since 2008, I've written four books on Detroit history: Forgotten Detroit, South Oakland County, Legendary Locals of Detroit, and Lost Restaurants of Detroit. I've also written two guidebooks, MOON Michigan and MOON Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

MY ACHIEVEMENTS

MY PORTFOLIO

Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline

Let’s talk a walk—a long walk, back over three centuries. At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Detroit was established as simply an outpost for the French to take advantage of the fur trade while keeping the British at bay. This book points out many of the seminal events and noteworthy turning points of Detroit’s long journey, some little known: the city’s fall to the British during the War of 1812, the existence of slavery in Detroit as late as the 1820s, and Mayor Hazen Pingree’s aggressive advocacy for the everyday citizen against corporate interests. Chapters devoted to the twentieth-century highlight Detroit’s underappreciated architectural heritage, the development of its notable cultural institutions, as well as the exploits of assorted scoundrels, such as the Black Legion, the Purple Gang, Harry Bennett, and the Rev. Charles Coughlin. Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline is available at all Detroit area independent bookstores, all Michigan locations of Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

ABOUT MY SKILLS



Content Marketing

Unlike traditional marketing, content marketing is information a business offers to it's customers and prospects designed to build confidence in it's brand. Clients I have worked with include: Costco Connection, STORES (National Retail Federation), and The Detroiter (Detroit Regional Chamber)

Article Writing

Whether it's a new real estate development, an important local event, or an undiscovered the community should take note of, I can get the story. Local publications I have been featured in include: Crain's Detroit Business, HOUR Detroit, Michigan Meetings and Events.

Press Releases and Copy Writing

I can enhance your website with copy that is informative and effective.


ORAL PRESENTATIONS


Since 2013 I've given presentations where I offer highlights from my books, share stories about my research experiences, and give my reflections on why Detroit history unfolded in the ways that it did. Each talk runs approximately one hour and includes a showing of PowerPoint slides. I conclude with a questions and answer period.

My clients have included the Detroit Public Library, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, the Ann Arbor Public Public Library, the Loutit District Library, and others.

Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline

During this presentation, I will walk the audience through a chronological series of pivotal events from Detroit's history of over three centuries. Examples include Detroit's roll in the anti slavery movement, the origins of the city's cultural institutions, and reasons behind the racial tensions of the twentieth century.

Forgotten Detroit

Inspired by my book of the same name, your audience will learn a bevy of little known stories about Detroit's past, including the Ford Hunger March, the Riot of 1943, Italian POWs housed at Fort Wayne during World War II and others.

Lost Restaurants of Detroit

Also inspired by my book of the same name, this presentation shares the stories behind some of Detroit's storied eateries of yesteryear--including Carl's Chop House, Little Harry's and Topinka's. I also include information about a few existing bistros and watering holes.

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