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20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 years ago today on January 6th 1999 we began our journey of coming to the USA – my wife Rhona and I with our 2 boys Craig and Chris aged 8 and 5 at the time.  A few pictures from that day are below.

Initially on a 4 year work permit, then 5 years on a green card and now 11 years as citizens.  This is home now.

Initially to Wichita, Kansas for just a year and a half, then California, San Diego (Carlsbad) for 13 years, now Temecula Valley Wine Country for 5 years already (we always had a dream of a wine country home) and also now a condo in Irvine (the southern most, coastal part of greater Los Angeles) where I just started a new position.

Initially in the corporate world (with Bowthorpe renamed Spirent) until March 31st 2002, then independent for 16 years (the longest I have done anything – including 15 years as a Vistage Chair and Speaker) and now back in the driving seat of a business again as President of Online Trading Academy at the global HQ in Irvine.

Craig is now 27 living in downtown Chicago, working in inside-sales for a consumer analytics technology company in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and is doing well.  Chris is now 25 and about to graduate with Economics & Accounting from University of California Riverside and is busy exploring his career options.  Rhona has always been a rock through all our moves and transitions, before and after coming to the USA and we will have been married 30 years next year in 2020!

What a great journey it has been together, continues to be and we are looking forward to going onwards and upwards from here.

About Mike Richardson

Agility-Facilitator/Mentor/Coach; Agility-Author/Speaker; Agility-Board-Member/Chairman. All-round Agility Activist in everything I do, every day, everywhere, in every way. Provocative, Profound, Practical. At Eye-Level. With Love/Hate!

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