Who am I? I am a Human Services Counselor and Certified Life Coach and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mental Emotional Release Therapy (MER), and
Hypnotherapy. My certifications are accredited by the Association of Integrative Psychology.
I am a proud father of three beautiful children and three grandsons who call me "Papa Tugs."
I am a retired military veteran of 26 years who has had the privilege of visiting over 44 different countries with various landscapes, cultures, and experiences. Throughout my travels I’ve had the honor of experiencing many of the world’s dominant religions, which I have grown to appreciate and in doing so I chose to embrace the teachings of the Bible and Christ, not as a religion, but through a personal relationship. I am open to everything and attached to nothing while respecting everyone's model of the world. I strive daily to be an honest, trustworthy and hardworking person. I have worked in multiple industries from adult & children's church programs to an electrician to food service to construction to hotels to cruise ships to marketing to accounting to network marketing to IT to human resources to advising high-ranking military officials such as 4-Star Generals. I have had many trials and tribulations along my journey of learning's. I have lived through being hijacked, hit by a car, homeless, divorced, bankrupt and shot at. They say, “Wisdom often comes with a price,” doesn't it? My mom had a saying growing up, "Under, over, around or through, no excuses for you...you must see it through." That stuck with me. Thanks, Mom!
Regardless, along the way, one common theme always showed up. It was the learning's born from adversity that I could impart wisdom and gratefulness to others through teaching, mentoring, and coaching, which excited me. I loved to help individuals and teams to solve simple to complex issues, conflicts, disagreements, and misunderstandings, always seeking win/win scenarios. I enjoyed seeing my employees, peers, subordinates, and clients excel and become a more refined version of themselves while considering myself a true "connoisseur" of the human condition. Some people know cars, I know people.
Why, Coach? It is who I am. Although, unlike many people, I didn't know what I wanted to do or become. I envied those that did. For me, it wasn't the case. I was a man without a PURPOSE, so I thought. I started looking at my purpose once my military career was coming to a transition. Which prompted me to pursue personal development growth for my answers. You see, since March of 2018, I have invested more than $30K and 7K hours of instruction and coaching for personal & professional growth. And it was that quest that led me to realize my greatest GIFT wasn't what I DIDN'T know, but what I already knew, which was inside of me, to be a coach. I almost overlooked it. It was through my growth and development journey, that I saw for the first time, coaching as my purpose. In addition, I wanted to give back to my fellow military veterans, first responders & their families for what they do each an every day, putting their lives on the line.
Success leaves clues, by being tried, tested and proven along our journey, through the use of our time, talents, and treasures or our abilities, skills, passions, and interests that reveal our true purpose along the way. Let me help you find yours! You can learn more about my story or see what you can expect from my coaching by clicking below.