The organizer has over 50 years of marketing experience on the national, regional and local levels. He has won awards from the American Marketing Association, Ad Age and Promotional Marketing Associations, including Best Promotional Marketing Program in the World (AMA and Mktg. Communications Executives International), Best in the U.S. (AMA-2), 10 Best in the U.S. (Ad Age-5), 10 Best of the Decade (Ad Age), Best Regional Campaign.
His job experience includes a stint as Executive Vice-President of the world's 4th largest advertising agency, partner of the nation's 4th ranked promotional marketing agency, marketing chief at a Fortune 50 company, promotional marketing director of the largest soft drink bottling company in the U.S. (he was part of the team that created Sunkist Orange Soda) and more.
He moved from the East Coast to San Diego in 1992. He has been involved with sand sculpture events for 12 years. He is past president of Arts for Learning (formerly Young Audiences of San Diego), the oldest and most respected arts education organization in the region. In that capacity, he won the prestigious Star Award from the Performing Arts League.
He executive-produces the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition with his wife, Joyce, a well-known community leader downtown, and a team of professional event producers, including Bruce Phillips, Steve Zipfel and Tricia Tellier.