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CHRIS's work combines: Travel, Journalism, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Technical Editor

I am responsible to review and create technical content for MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Doane Stuart School

  • Associate's Degree

    Marist College

  • Certification

    Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

  • Certification

    Recreation Vehicle (RV) Service Technician

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Editors:

High School

Associate's Degree

Certification: Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

Certification: Recreation Vehicle (RV) Service Technician

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I grew up on a horse farm, and started RVing in a 1973 Winnebago when I was 3.

  • 2.

    My mother passed in an RV fire when I was 13.

  • 3.

    Went into fire service when I was 18.

  • 4.

    Went to Marist College to study communications, but left early to follow career in Fire/EMS.

  • 5.

    Started RVing on my own, rebuilding a Coleman popup with a friend.

  • 6.

    Sold a house and started RVing full time, still working as a FF, but starting in RV/Campground biz.

  • 7.

    Wrote for a number of online/print pubs in the RV industry while owning a small RV service company.

  • 8.

    Eventually followed opportunity to work as tech editor for industry's largest consumer publications.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    My father was a physician, and my oldest brother, who died in a plane crash when I was 3, had been accepted to med school. I was a poor student and didn't measure up. Constant pressure to stay in school/college for a meaningful career.

  • How I responded:

    Be true to yourself but have a plan, and be prepared. At one point I had options but gave them up to do what I felt was my path. I had difficulties during my life, and I stubbornly faced them. I will admit I almost gave up more than once. I have my dream job now, and I'm doing what I did all the other stuff to get to do. There were times I never thought I'd get here, but I stuck with it, and with the help of friends and family, and my own work, here I am. I give thanks every day.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I work hard... I have that ethic, even when it really hurts, I work. I hit rock bottom at one point, and the only option I had was to work out of it.

  • I have a form of dyslexia that makes ordinary learning extremely difficult. My hero teacher in school taught me SQ3R which has helped me since. I learn best hearing, seeing and doing at the same time, and my hands-on work skills relate to that.