Born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago, the birthplace of the American white power skinhead movement in the mid 1980s, at 14 years old I became entrenched in the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. I soon immersed myself in the racist skinhead culture and quickly became one of the movement’s most respected leaders.
In 2013, I completed my autobiography, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, in order to illustrate how shockingly easily a well-adapted, abundantly loved kid from a good immigrant family could become a pioneer and leader in the early American racist skinhead movement. By the time my skinhead involvement destroyed my first marriage, I had already realized the hollowness and rancor of the movement.
I went on to earn a degree in International Business and International Relations from DePaul University in Chicago, started my own digital record label and entertainment company (Sinister Muse) and brand innovation and entertainment firm (Goldmill Group). I am a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and the City of Chicago's Chicago Music Summit advisory board. In 2010 and 2011, I was nominated for four regional Emmy Awards for my role as Executive Producer of JBTV, one of America’s longest-running music television programs, as well as for my work on Flatfoot 56’s ‘Courage’ music video. I directed the Smashing Pumpkins re-issue DVDs for Siamese Dream and Gish. I've been an Adjunct Professor at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, and the Community Partnerships Manager at Threadless.
In 2009, I co-founded Life After Hate, a non-profit organization and consultancy dedicated to promoting peace, diversity, character development, and basic human goodness.
I love sushi, soccer, sriracha, startups, strategy, and Chicago. I am an original founding member of the 90s punk rock band Random55. I am happily married and live in Chicago with my lovely wife, Britton, and two awesome sons.
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