I started working in the water conditioning and purification business in December 1986 as a contract sales representative for United Standard of America (formerly United Standard of Michigan) and was their number one representative. Seeing potential, In 1987 I opened my own office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Almost immediately, it became one of the top offices in the nation with about 50 employees.
About a year later, I saw an opportunity to start a service division not only for my company but also for the company that started me off in the business. After a 1-year trial run with my company, I contracted with United Standard of America to offer their customer base an Automatic Annual Service Program along with Regular and guarantee services too. I sold separately my Sales office and service division in Grand Rapids, moved back to Flint, Michigan and Started United Standard Service Co. I purposely used a similar name as to relate itself with United Standard of America.
A few years later United Standard of America and the company that had bought my office in Grand Rapids closed their doors. However my company was going strong just supplying an automatic service plan to the three-thousand customers which they had on the books. So I continued until today.
However, without a sales division to keep new customers coming, due to attrition my customer base slowly dwindled. By 2008 I was barely earnng a living but kept on going because I felt a loyalty to my customers whom had been so loyal to me over the years..But fate stepped in and the economic slowdown forced me to make a change. I still get an ocassional call for service, but will officially close the doors once I am able to start my new career.
I decided that since 1984 I had a fascination with computers, electronics and gadgets like the recording equipment I had used in my recording studio over the years. Realizing the future of computer technology lay in Networking and Network Security, I chose to go back to school to get a more formal education in the field.
Most of my IT work at USSC was in the area of Database design and maintenance, Word document design (merge documents and forms), and lots of fairly complex excel spreadsheets.
it also included computers, ad-hoc networks, printers, scanners, fax machines, multi-purpose printers/fax/scan/copy etc. initially it was on a bus topology using a hub and BNC connections on 4 workstations. Later it became wireless and in the last year included wireless printers.
Mott Community College Commencement ceremonies were held at 2 PM on Saturday 05/05/2012 at Peroni Arena and I was there to celebrate two years of hard work, dedication and determination to not only achieve getting an Associates of Applied Science in my Major of "Computer Network Engineering", but by plugging in other courses along the way, picked up four more Degrees, Four Certificate and three certifications