I am a retired cabinetmaker. I graduated New Milford (Ct) High School in 1971. After two semesters at Waterbury State Tech, I started working in the trades. My first trade was Plumbing then Electrical and then I went on to my favorite trade, carpentry. I branched out into many areas of carpentry, including working for a high-end contractor and a lumberyard. I worked at a restaurant design company and made lots of accessories for the interior of restaurants. In 1979, I became self-employed. I have built over a thousand custom pieces of country furniture. In between custom projects, I have installed over a hundred high-end kitchens in Westchester County. I also did many trade show booths for a brass fitting company. In High School I worked at a Stationary Store in New Milford, Connecticut, where I got to meet Eric Sloane. At first, I didn’t know that he was a nationally known artist. We sold his books at the store and after a while I became “Aware” of his artistic and authorship talents. He was in the store often and after a while he would address me by my first name. I was impressed that he knew my name. He was willing to sign and do a drawing in any book that was requested. Luckily, I got him to sign and do drawings in many of my books. He was a very regular guy and I enjoyed his books. I’m honored to become a board member and hope to be able to promote his life and accomplishments.