Kids: 2, ages 46 and 47; grandson, age 8
City you live in: Cornville, AZ
A typical day in my life includes… Driving our Freightliner harvest truck, getting soaking wet cleaning wine barrels and tanks, checking on our sleeping wines, planting vines and working in our two Cornville vineyards (Cove Mesa Vineyard and Solair Vineyard), chatting with friends and visitors in our tasting room, and giving personal tours of the winery.
I was born… in Indiana
My favorite thing about Arizona… is the sun!
I’m listening to… blues, country, rock and roll, opera, chamber music
My family… Cindy – Wife, married for 30 years, the love of my life. Alison, daughter, married with 1 son (our only grandchild). Eliot, son; 2 dogs – Romeo III (Maltese), Peyton (Yorkie-Poo) and getting a 3rd dog – another Maltese soon (Juliet II).
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Leonardo Da Vinci – why – amazing inventor and artist.
One thing I cannot live without… my wife, Cindy.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… nothing stands out, except I wanted to make a difference and leave a legacy, hopefully I will with Cove Mesa!
I’m inspired by… people who start with nothing and work hard to create something of value that enriches people’s lives.
The one person who motivates me is… my lovely wife, she is very focused and drives me – pivotal part of our successes in business and everyday life.
If I could change anything in the world, it would be… I’d like people to be more respectful of each other.
The perfect day would be… working in the winery and seeing the enjoyment our wines bring to people that visit us.
My first job was… paper route/cutting grass (part-time when I was young), driving a Sears delivery truck during college (first full-time).
My favorite escape… visiting family and friends in Italy.
My life… is wonderful – I’m living my dream.
I’m currently working on… creating the best winery in Arizona.
Always… strive to be the best.
Never… stop enjoying life.
Favorite Quote… if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!
Biggest Dream… that my grandson Ian (age 8) will become a great winemaker!
My Pet Peeve(s)… disrespect that I see for people who work hard for a living.