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Following the loss of his father before the birth of his only child, and the subsequent loss of his mother to Alzheimer’s disease when his daughter was 2, he realized his daughter would never know her grandparents. Then after 19 years, starting as a Financial Advisor for E.F. Hutton and finishing as a Sr. VP & Branch Manager for UBS/PaineWebber, he realized that as an industry they do a great job preserving and growing client’s valuables, they weren’t doing anything to help preserve values. Following the tragedy of 9-11, he created a ‘do-it-yourself’ Family StoryKeeper Kit as a Christmas gift for clients, asking that they take some time to save something worth more than money. The response was overwhelming. Two years later he made the decision to leave the career he built and made preserving family legacies his life ambition. He took this concept to Hospice and with the help of End of Life professionals refined the process and established protocols. Over the next 5 years he trained more than 5,000 Hospice volunteers with more than 800 Hospice organizations to provide this service so that families would be able to keep the memories of their departed loved ones alive in their hearts and minds. He founded Project StoryKeeper in 2003 a 501-c-3 to carry out the mission to raise awareness and bring this training to other elder care organizations.
Today, in keeping with advances in technology he helped build a new organization called "Legacy Stories" with a mission to capture the living history of the 20th century from those who lived it, while they are still living. Legacy Stories created an innovative and intuitive platform utilizing the latest in mobile technology, cloud-secured digital archiving, and discriminating social networking programs. Learn more here.