I worked in different areas of electronics from a technician and field service for telephone answering machines to building closed circuit video security control systems. That was in New York, and then in 1997, I moved to Southern California and was employed at first installing these types of systems. I had put security systems in Hughes Aerospace facilities and was onsite at the Playboy Mansion for 6 months installing a full perimeter security system.
Eventually I moved into the computer field service industry. I started on an old IBM System 3 system installing and service peripheral equipment for Memorex. After they sold their Small Business Systems division I changed jobs and worked for Decision Data whose name to fame was their 96 and 80 column punch card machines. I later moved to working on complete systems for Prime Computers. Eventually I ended up with a company in the Apple and PC industry originally names Corvus and then renamed t Atrix. Since home computers are a throw away industry, the need for many service personnel declined and I knew I needed a new profession.
At the age of 39, I went back to school for an associates degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting at ITT Technical Institute. Over the next 18 months we learned drafting for every discipline: Mechanical, Electrical, Electromechanical, Civil, Structural and Architectural. Many times the teachers would ask the calls which discipline we wanted to work in. I always answered, whoever is hiring. After the third semester ended, which was architecture and in the need of a job, I sent resumes to all local architectural offices. I received a call from an Architect who worked from his home and offered me sub-contract work. I worked from home and earned some income while I finished my schooling. Eventually he hired me full time. I worked for him for three years doing everything from room additions, renovations to custom homes and development model programs.
After three years and the need to move on and need for a new location, I accepted a position in Florida near where my mom retired to from New York. There I worked for a few firms doing large custom residential projects. With my need to learn and my drive to be better at my profession I ended up at a firm that mainly did production homes. That is the models sold in a development and then adding changes and options for each sold house. Eventually I became a project manager and my client added to their program doing some townhouses and condominiums. With hard work and the close relationship I developed with my client, I was promoted to a Senior Project Manager running at times 8 projects at a time.
Then the start of the housing market downturn began. I could see with the less work coming into the office and since I was not a licensed Architect, my days there were numbered. About that time I was contacted by an employment search firm to apply for a position as Architectural Production Manager for a large home builder. This company was the oldest home builder in America and had been in business since 1952. Unfortunately one and a half years later because of bad corporate management and their desire to get all the money they could and run, they laid off 97% of the company and then went bankrupt.
With the housing sales dropping, there was not much new design business. Most of the developers were just trying to sell what they had in stock and get save their butts. With this going on, there was not much in the employment opportunities available. With this, and from Elena and me wanting to be together, we decided the best was for me to move to the Philippines instead of waiting for her to receive her fiancée visa and move to the States. So that is what I did.
Now since I am here, and my experience in house design, computer drafting and my associations with a local Filipino Architect, I offer my assistance and knowledge to anyone needing my services. I have a few interested parties and I will see if the current cost of construction here in the Philippines, will fit in their budget to build their own home.
No matter what happens and how busy I might become, I will still give you my life stories, experiences and observations living in Davao. I will also always be here to answer questions and assist anyone needing my help. I hope I did not bore you too much with a non-Philippine article.