I grew up in Southern Illinois, and could not wait to "Get Out," "Escape," and go to the big city. I went to school in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and left Southern Illinois far behind. I thought this was great.
I had a very successful career in the online advertising, marketing, and market research world catering to big pharma. In a normal year I would fly thousands of miles and see many places, countries and sites.
As I grew older and my "success" continued I felt more and more that something was missing. I began to yearn for the hills of Southern Illinois, the slower pace of life, and the people I left behind more and more.
In 2013, I came home for a few weeks to help my mother move my father into a nursing home. After this was completed I flew to Milan for business, and on my way back I received a call that my mother had had a stroke. This was a life changing event for me, and I never really went home.
My father spent the year getting worse, and my Mother spent the year getting better. When my father died in December of 2013, I decided to "officially" move back to Southern Illinois in order to spend more time with my mother and be closer with family. I also made the decision to leave the company I worked for and do something simpler, and local to Southern Illinois.
June 1st, 2014 I started my company with the goal to create vacation rental homes in Southern Illinois and help the area grow tourism. Southern Illinois is a beautiful and special place, and I would like to share it with as many people as possible.