Hi There!
My name is Robert and I’m a community builder. As a ‘generalist’ with academic and practical experience in many areas of life, some call me a ‘Swiss army knife’ of sorts.
My beginnings are humble, raised in the rust belt steel mill town of Lake Station, a bedroom community to the more historically famous, Gary, Indiana. The war in Iraq started just months before high school graduation in 2003 and I signed up for the US Navy Delayed Entry Program (DEP) but that all changed when I received the Eli Lilly Endowment Scholarship, a 4-year full tuition ride to any university in Indiana. My education started in engineering at Purdue University but finished with a BSBA in Finance in December 2007 from Valparaiso University, right as the economy spiraled into the Great Recession. Forced back into grad school, I received an MS in International Commerce & Policy in 2010, also from Valparaiso.

Since then, my life has pivoted between politics, government and private sector work. I have experience at all levels of government: city, county, state and federal. I have also participated in political campaigns at all levels including my own in 2015. In the private sector, I put time in with a sole proprietorship, family owned LLC, multi-national corporation and have also owned by own retail store.

I believe there are five pillars to a strong community: education, business and labor, non-profits, government and faith-based organizations. This site serves as a blog to help track my progress in community building and connect with others with common interests. It is through teamwork that we are able to achieve goals greater than ourselves. I am passionate about people and problem solving so let’s get together and create value for society!


As an introvert, I recharge from the daily grind by reading and have an open mind about all subjects. While I do not endorse or follow the prescriptions in the books I’ve read (below), I did find them thought-provoking in some way, shape or form.

Robert’s Reading Recommendations

Alcohol and Tobacco
  • American Bourbon, Whiskey and Rye
  • Guide to Urban Moonshining
  • Modern Moonshine Techniques
  • The Cigar Book
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Cigars
  • The Craft of the Cocktail
  • The PDT Cocktail Book
  • Crooked Politics in Northwest Indiana
  • Frank Nitti
  • Gary’s First Hundred Years
  • Lost Gary, Indiana
  • Mobsters, Unions and the Fed
  • The Indiana Way
  • Yellow Kid Weil
  • Player’s First: Coaching From the Inside Out
Science and Math
  • A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  • A New Kind of Science
  • Antifragile
  • Designa
  • Fooled by Randomness
  • Is God a Mathematician
  • Making Things Work, Yaneer Bar-Yam
  • Thinking
  • The Bed of Procrustes
  • The Black Swan
  • This Explains Everything
  • This Idea Must Die
  • This Will Make You Smarter
  • Quadrivium
Style, Fashion and Etiquette
  • 100 Years of Menswear
  • 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know
  • A Gentleman Entertains
  • A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up
  • A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle
  • A Southern Belle Primer
  • As a Gentleman Would Say
  • ABCs of Men’s Fashion
  • Artist Rebel Dandy
  • Bereolaesque
  • Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row
  • Bespoke Menswear: Tailoring for Gentleman
  • Business Etiquette
  • Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life
  • Details Men’s Style Manual
  • Dressing the Man
  • Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition
  • Esquire: The Handbook of Style
  • Esquire The Biggest Black Book Ever
  • Fashionisto: A Century of Style Icons
  • Fashionopedia
  • Generations of Style
  • Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion
  • How to Be a Gentleman
  • How to Be a Lady
  • How to Raise a Gentleman
  • Icon’s of Men’s Style
  • Image Matters for Men
  • Measure of a Man
  • Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress
  • Menswear Dog
  • Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style
  • Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
  • Style and the Man
  • The Appearance of Power
  • The Gentry Man
  • The London Cut
  • The Mr Porter Paperback
  • The Style Bible
  • Ties of Distinction
  • Toasts & Tributes
  • True Prep
  • True Style
Business & Finance
  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street
  • Alpha Male Syndrome
  • America’s Best Kept Secret
  • Asking: a 59 Minute Guide to Everything
  • Bringing Down the House
  • Confessions of a Street Addict
  • Damn it Feels Good to be a Banker
  • Dragon’s at Your Door
  • Guide to Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Every Landlord’s Guide to Tax Deductions
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Good to Great
  • How to Make Money in Stocks
  • Investing in Real Estate
  • Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques
  • Landlording
  • One Up On Wall Street
  • Options for the Stock Investor
  • Power Failure
  • Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens
  • Rainmaking: The Fundraisers Guide to Landing Big Gifts
  • Real Money, Jim Cramer
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • Rhinoceros Success
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
  • Retail in Detail
  • Selling
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace
  • The 4-Hour Workweek
  • The America We Deserve
  • The Art of the Deal
  • The Big Short
  • The Challenger Sale
  • The Electronic Day Trader
  • The E-Myth Revisited
  • The Idea-Driven Organization
  • The Little Black Book of Connections
  • The Little Red Book of Selling
  • The Millionaire Next Door
  • The Oil Factor
  • The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • The Successful Investor
  • The Writing System
  • Tools and Tactics for the Master Day Trader
  • When Genius Failed
  • A First-rate Madness
  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty
  • Batman and Philosophy
  • Batman and Psychology
  • Blink
  • Boundaries in Marriage
  • Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit
  • Buyology
  • David and Goliath
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • The Five Love Languages
  • Freakonomics
  • Gang Leader for a Day
  • How to Create a Mind
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Hidden Brain
  • Outliers
  • Predictably Irrational
  • Superfreakonomics
  • Sway
  • The Art of Seduction
  • The Female Brain
  • The Five Love Languages
  • The Game
  • The Invisible Gorilla
  • The Mystery Method
  • The Pickup Artist
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Secret
  • The Tipping Point
  • The Upside of Irrationality
  • The Way of the Superior Man
  • What the Dog Saw
Politics and Policy
  • Animal Farm
  • Beer and Circus
  • Boss: Richard J Daley of Chicago
  • Capitol Punishment
  • Courage and Consequence
  • Decision Points
  • Dreams from my Father
  • Faith of my Fathers
  • Flat Tax Revolution
  • From Father to Son, Evan Bayh
  • Game Change
  • Here is your Indiana Government
  • I Am America (and so can you)
  • International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
  • Keeping the Republic
  • Leading the Revolution, Eric Holcomb
  • Living History
  • Making Globalization Work
  • My Life, Bill Clinton
  • Obama: From Politics to Power
  • Reveille for Radicals
  • Rules for Radicals
  • Run Mitch Run
  • Supreme Conflict
  • The Audacity of Hope
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • The World is Flat
  • The Revolution: A Manifesto
  • American Psycho
  • Ender’s Game
  • Auto Audio
  • Designing, building and testings your own speaker systems with projects
  • Chassis Engineering
  • Engineer to Win
  • Tune to Win
  • The Car Stereo Cookbook
  • Disintegration
  • Enough
  • Life on the Color Line
  • Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
  • SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America
  • A Grief Observed
  • Free Will, Harris
  • God is Not Great, Hitchens
  • Mere Christianity
  • Mortality
  • River Out of Eden, Richard Dawkins
  • The Case for Christ
  • The Four Loves
  • The God Delusion, Dawkins
  • The Great Divorce
  • The Power to be Free
  • The Problem of Pain
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Question of God
  • Till We Have Faces
Military and Strategy
  • Lone Survivor
  • The 33 Strategies of War
  • The 48 Laws of Power
  • The 50th Law
  • The Art of War, Niccolo M.
  • The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  • The Prince
  • The Warrior Elite

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