I was born in Taiwan, but left when I was 17 years old to live in Japan. I came to the United States when I was 19 years old to study and graduated from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina with a BS degree in Mathematics. During college, I worked as an insurance salesman and a Karate Instructor and made enough money to support myself. I was very active in a fraternity and student center activities and was the president of Tau Kappa Epsilon for 2 years.
I ended up marrying my high school classmate in Japan. Although she didn’t really like me back then, I attempted to charm her with letters. Lets just say my persistence worked.
After graduation, my wife and I moved to Jacksonville, Florida and I began work as a computer programmer. I moved to Tustin, California in 1977 and worked for Pacific Mutual Life, which is called Pacific Life now for 4 years, then moved to Saudi Arabia to work for Saudi Aramco, the biggest crude oil producer in the world.
I worked for Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia managing 16 people from many diffident countries such as India, USA, UK, Canada, and local Saudi Arabians that supported the entire Saudi Aramco computer user network. Saudi Aramco is a company that allows us the opportunity to work with a variety of different people with diverse backgrounds. I understand the client service business since my Saudi Aramco job was all about servicing our clients. We help computer users from answering questions, resolving computer problems, designing client sever systems, and teaching basic computer trainings.
Saudi Arabia is the place we had our first real home. Our kids grew up in a safe neighborhood, going to school with the same kids from K-9. We made good friends and lived in a close-knit community. It was the kind of place where everyone knew each other.
Working for Aramco also gave us a chance to travel extensively around the world.
In Europe, we were able to travel by tram to the tallest mountain in Switzerland, walk through the ice palace, and photograph the most amazing mountain views, only to have our second child take the film out of the camera later that night. Don’t worry we went back!
In Asia, we were able to eat the most amazing mixture of spices and flavors. We were able to dip our feet into the clearest and most beautiful beaches in the Maldives.
In Australia and New Zealand our greatest memories were of the warm and friendly people we met.
The company really believed in employee satisfaction which is one of the reasons I stayed with the company so long. I was able to work in an Information Technology field, spend time with my family and friends, travel and see the world.
Although, we enjoyed our life in Saudi Aramco, there came a time when our kids were all out of the house, I felt I had done all that I could at Aramco and was looking for a new challenge. So, hoping for a new pace and a change in atmosphere I retired from Saudi Aramco in 2003. That change came in the form of creating Discovery International Trading Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong in 2005. Commodity trading proved to be an exciting, yet, challenging field. We continue to actively trade, but at a limited basis from one to two hours per day.
We have been fortunate in being able to travel around the world, be immersed in many cultures and meet a variety of people. It has made me aware of many different perspectives and ideals. It has also made me appreciative of how nice it is to be able to come home. I’ve made a lot of places home, so I know how important it is to find the best place that reflects who you are. We have always loved California, its people, its weather, its diversity and its wine, which is why we decided to move back here. Knowing how important it is to have a place to call home I decided to work as an independent sales associate through Tarbell Realtors.
My primary working area is Chino Hills, Eastvale-Corona, and Norco, Riverside County. I work at Tarbell Realtors - Eastvale, 12648 Limonite Avenue, Suite 2G, Corona, CA 92880. This office is in the Ralph shopping center at the crossroads of Limonite Ave. and Hamner Ave.