Biography - July 2006
graduating from De La Salle in 1971, I attended URI and got my degree in
Operations Research in just over 3 years. At URI, I roomed with Sal
Depasquale and we both graduated in August of 1974. In September, our
school loans arrived and we used the money to go to Europe for a 6-week
I got back, I began work as a programmer for Amica Insurance in
Providence, then left there and took another programming job for Keane Associates in
Worcester, MA. After about a year in Worcester, a friend called from Newport and offered me a job
running a waterfront restaurant ("The Wholly Mackerel") during the Cup summer of 1977. I could not
resist and spent the summer working on the wharfs and watching the Cup
Trials, eventually seeing Ted Turner and Courageous defeat Australia.
that crazy summer (with no money to my name), I decided to start my own
software consulting company called Independent Data Services, Inc. So with an American Express credit card, I
financed everything and got it started. While on a consulting job in 1978,
I met my wife Kate and we eventually got married and settled in central MA.
company continued to grow and with help from my wife, it grew to
employ 15 people.
kept in touch with Sal over the years, but he passed away in 1991 from
cancer. He was married and had a daughter who now lives in Denmark.
wife and I took a break from work in 1993-1994 and sailed our boat down to
the Bahamas for the winter. It was a great trip with cocktails on the
beach every day at 4:00pm with our fellow boaters.
came back totally
relaxed, but then we entered the high stakes game of trading system
software. As a vendor of this type of software, you have to sign
some pretty scary contracts. If something goes wrong, you can lose
everything. Luckily for us, things went well and we ended up with our software being
used in brokerage houses in Toronto, NYC, London and Hong Kong.
never had any of our own kids, but 2 of our nephews came to live with us
in 1995. For the next 10 years, we guided them through school and they are
just now getting out on their own. All this time, we continued to visit RI
in the summers, since we kept our boat at the Bristol Yacht Club from 1983
In the winters, we spent weekends in New Hampshire snowmobiling.
In 2000, we purchased land on a lake in NH and built our dream retirement
house, which we are currently running as a vacation rental property.
was in NYC during the 9/11 tragedy and almost became a casualty myself. I
had been in those towers dozens of times over the previous 20 years and
that day changed my life. I sold off parts of my software company and
decided to retire in 2003. Currently we are in the process of liquidating
real-estate holdings in MA and eventually we are going to move to our
vacation house in the White Mountains of NH.
that I have a little time, I hope to catch up with my classmates from De
La Salle at the next reunion and I am working with Bart Grimes to create a website so that we can all
stay in touch.