Well, lets see. I have taught management courses in both France and the US. I currently am a partner at my own venture capital firm in the US and in France (hence the French connection.) I love Chateau Margaux and Moet et Chandon. I enjoy a good Davidoff cigar, and I love to run. (lately been letting that slack) I goto the Opera Garnier as often as I can to see the ballet and the opera. That is about it.
Everyone else seems to live more interesting lives, and catman seems to have 8 more interesting lives than me.
Location: New York - DL Gold, AA Gold, AC Prestige, VS Silver
I'm probably, by far, the youngest person here on FlyerTalk. I'm a senior at the University of Waterloo in Canada (about an hour drive from Toronto) majoring in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Computer Science. I'm interning in Seattle for Amazon.com from January-April 1999 and I interned there previously during Summer 1998.
My family is very geographically dispersed so I've ended up travelling enough to be a frequent flier (around 40K/year or so) - but unlikely many other contributors, my tickets are (almost) always advance purchase / consolidated / net fares - so I'd bet that I spend the least money for the distance I travel of anyone here !!!
As my profile says, I am a Social Worker with the government. Presently, I work with Navy Child and Spouse Abuse offenders and help to provide treatment for them. Philforest, at what GS level did you retire? If thats too personal I totally understand.
I always thought I'd get around to updating my profile and putting a web page together, but it hasn't happened, so:
My name's Jim Ballentine, and I know live in Santiago, Chile. I work for a large, multinational software company, hence most of my travel is work related, either regionally to visit clients, or to Silcon Valley, to visit the mother ship.
Prior to Chile, I spent 10 years in Germany, hence me corresponding with Rudi in German. Before that, California was home.
I've always enjoyed travelling, and love airlines and big airplanes.
My name is...well I guess you all know that already. I work for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association representing over 3,200 electronic security and life safety companies in North America, the Carribean and (a few) around the world.
As Director of Government Relations, I am ultimately responsible for NBFAA's federal, state and municipal relations programs. As you can imagine, being responsible for licensing requirements in 50 states keeps me on the road to state capitals quite a bit. But being responsible for over 17,000 municipal and local governments, well...lets just say that the glamor international segments are NOT where I earn my miles (although Des Moines sometimes FEELS like a different country.) I like to say I earn 'em the hard way: 500 - 1000 at a time!!! And I'm a deep green over you folks who earn 3,000 - 7,000 miles every time you fly. It ain't fair. As those of you who read the United board know, I am based out of the DC area.
I am a 1991 alumnus of Virgina Tech (go Hokies) and am staring 30 years old right in the face. My wife also works for an association (the National Apartment Association) and I am owned by 2 little girls, 4 (Grace) and 5 (Erin) yrs. old.
As a sick 30th birthday present to myself and from my wife, I am in the process of exploring the concept of law school at night (I like to say that I am NOT a lawyer, but I play one at work...and its a good thing I'm not because I would have been disbarred long ago). But that may not mesh too well with my travel schedule.
I read about flyertalk in the magazine, and am proud to have been the very first poster to the United board (the issue then, as today, was raising the threshold for premier status).
That's who I is. BTW, if you have questions about your home or commercial alarm system, I AM happy to help if I can...e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unfortunately Megamiles beat me as the youngest contributor to the boards! I am a '96 grad of Cornell double majored in chemistry and Asian Studies (a curious combination, I know). I am now a business system analyst in a database marketing company after being an analyst at a managed health care company (another curious career path). While my current job does entail some traveling, I have not been with the firm long enough to take business trips and start racking up those ff miles and full fare tickets. :-(
I live in Cambridge, MA, USA b/w Harvard and MIT. I travels almost exclusively to LAX (girlfriend) and Taipei (family) on United Airlines. However, just came back from a good trip to Maui which should put me over the 50k mark required for UA's Premier Executive. (Yeah!) Like many that have commented before, I have not received ONE upgrade certificate yet!
Like Megamiles, I always buy the cheapest advance fares since the money comes out of my pocket. Because I am young and thus no $$ and will not likely fly as often next year, I guess I will appoint myself the spokesperson for keep the qualification threshold for elite level at the current level...
My name is John Goldwater(I hope that answers baobabís he/she question). I am 26 years old and was surprised to learn that I am not the youngest participant to Flyer Talk. I hold that very generic job title of Consultant, am single, have a Blue Point Siamese name Jed (see Catman there are more of us out there), and last week relocated from San Francisco to Orange County. I have not gotten used to living behind the very conservative Orange Curtain, nor flying 757ís out of SNA. Although, I have been a UA Mileage Plus member for 10 years, I started flying frequently in early August this year and will hit 1K the day after XMAS. I look froward to meeting everyone. For those young folks like myself who may tend to travel on their own $ (actually anyone), if you find yourself in OC and donít mind sofa or spare bed space, please feel free to contact me.
Welcome to the cat club John Goldwater. We have a lot of cat people, a handful of dog owners and lots of members with current and future frequent flyers (children.)
I don't know how to set up a web site but when I do (need the TIME!) I'll tell the story of my now giant inner circle (which exploded with me getting on Board FlyerTalk) post pictures of my cats Yaz Mainecoon and Sir Edwin Landseer who own me and this great and very handsom shot of me from Maui looking just like Mark McGuire in a Hawaiian shirt (for those who need to spot me someday.) I weigh much less than Mark though! And have touches of Cat hair on my clothes! CATMAN
my name is Jamie Leyerle, I currently live between Tampa, FL (job)and suburban Chicago, IL (house, girlfriend, life...). I work for the international division of one of the RBOC telephone companies setting up cellular systems in South and Central America (so you can take your US cellphone down there and use it just like in the US, and vice versa). My background is in marketing (Michigan State '85, U of Cincinnati MBA '86) I got started as a frequent flyer in my first job out of college--I was a quality auditor/mystery shopper for Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. I traveled continuously for 10 days at a time in '87,'88,'89 (yes, '88 was the year of triple miles, and I am still working off my Delta miles). Good job right out of college!
well, i must admit that this is not the most original topic discussed here, but...since we're on the subject (name and address N/A), I'll give a background brief on myself.
I am a graduate of the Univ. of Maryland College Park, (1992). I used to work in radio advertising, financial markets, and now am involved with my family business as well as a wholesale venture on the side. If I can help anyone with auto parts questions, feel free to send them! Planes..why am I here? Ever since I was a little boy, I've always loved planes, airports etc. I love to fly, and love to accumulate miles. Gone are the days of getting 2000 miles per trump shuttle segment. this is why i have so many continental miles. My biggest accomplishment to date is getting two first class tickets to and from Hawaii with a stop in Las Vegas on my honeymoon, free of course. profile? I guess that's all for now. happy holidays everyone.