A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
I am a state-licensed optician with 5 years experience working for 2 independent optometrists, a frame boutique and for a major chain. I expertly fit and fashion eyewear (frames, lenses and treatments) based on patient need and lifestyle. I'm experienced in billing insurances, lensometry, pretesting and repairs. I'm seeking a customer service-oriented position, full or part time.
I'm a San Fernando Valley native, and the son of a native too. I went to private schools up through 11th grade when I went to and graduated from U.S. Grant High School in North Hollywood. My father was a machinist for about 40 years and my mother was a homemaker raising five children.
I've worked in restaurants and as a school bus driver, and have designed an award winning Rose Parade float. I have worked for a variety of non-profits: providing housing; and connecting the unemployed with training and jobs; serving on a Neighborhood Council board; and teaching art to middle school students. Also, I have operated small businesses, had a decades-long career in journalism as an editor and writer, managed teams of employees as small as 7 to as large as 130.
I have worked in retail, selling art supplies and eyewear, also selling my own wares at art and craft shows, outdoors and at home shows. As a landscaping consultant I urged people to adopt low-water/low maintenance yards with the pitch to "Kill Your Lawn; Fire Your Gardener."
As an art teacher at a middle school and a private store-front art school, my motto was that I could teach anyone, anyone, to make art they liked. With decades of illustration in publications, extensive photography background and a fervid pursuit of experimental painted mixed media techniques, I bring my unique point of view, a grown-up work ethic, a team-friendly operational knowledge to every situation, as a leader or laborer.