Experience / Qualifications

Professional Experience

  • Professor in Geography and Geo Sciences (online) at South Dakota State University, 2017-present

  • President of OMNI-Communique (a global management and marketing entity), 1987-present

  • President of Novus Ordo Vineyards and Winery (Mendoza, Argentina), 2006-2017


Political Experience

  • Past Board Member-Illinois International Port District, 2000-2009; Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Chairman of the Marketing Committee, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, Member of the Executive Committee

  • Past Public Member-Illinois Banking and Real Estate Board, 1997-1999




  • PhD   Birkbeck, University of London, Geography

  • MA     Northeastern Illinois University, Geography and Environmental Studies

  • MSJ   Medill, Northwestern University, Journalism: Advertising

  • BAJ    Drake University, Journalism: Public Relations