Prior to Wintergreen Home Watch, I was running another company that we own, Help Unlimited. Help Unlimited helps senior citizens handle their personal financial chores: very nitty-grity tasks like paying bills, understanding medical insurance and processing medical claims, organizing important documents for taxes and estate planning, and coordinating services with our clients’ attorneys, wealth advisers, care managers, and accountants. This is a family company that was largely started by Amanda’s mother, Roberta, back in the early 90s. We bought the company from her in 2010. Amanda is now running Help Unlimited while I focus on Wintergreen Home Watch.
Before Help Unlimited, I was a counterintelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, where I ran a program identifying and neutralizing terrorist groups’ intelligence networks. I deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 in support of the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2006, I deployed to Afghanistan in support of some of our human intelligence operations. In 2007, I was selected for a two-year rotation as a Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room — basically, I waited for bad things to happen and then told the President about it! I was very fortunate to work under both President Bush and President Obama.
I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and my MBA from Wake Forest University. I have been accused of being a Notre Dame “fanatic,” but I think my passion is entirely reasonable.