Born with dual Italian and American citizenship in Pinzano al Tagliamento in the foothills of the Italian Alps near the Austrian border. Grew up on my family's villa north of Trieste on Italy's border with Slovenia. Came to the U.S. To attend University. And just never left. Following a 13 year career in international business I made a mid-life career change, and have spent the past 27 years as a university administrator and gentleman farmer in rural northeastern Iowa.