Me - A brief biography
of Rich Van Winkle
Just the Basics: I was born in Mansfield Ohio in 1950,
attended elementary school in Mobile Alabama, and went to high school and my
first two years of college in Columbus Ohio. After 4 years in the USAF (SERE
instructor), I finished my BAs in Industrial Engineering and Secondary
Education at Eastern Washington University (1977). I taught at The Dalles High
School (Oregon) from 1977-1983 and began teaching part-time at “Treaty Oak
CCSD” (now Columbia Gorge Community College). By 1980, I was CGCC’s “Program
Manager” for both the Welding Department and the Computer Science
Department, teaching high school during the days and college at night. Soon
thereafter, we were turning out certified welders (under the PCC certificate
program) and certified micro-computer specialists under Oregon’s first such
programs (which I authored, got approved, and administered). Then, things got
In 1983 I took a sabbatical (so my then-wife could finish
her degree at U of O) and took the job of “Director of Technical
Development” at the S.E.E. Corporation – an interesting enterprise started
and operated by John David Garcia, author of “Psychofraud”, “The Moral
Society”, “Creative Transformation”, and others. Having been bitten by
the entrepreneur bug, I started Cherry Computers (Inc), co-founded ACS
Software Company, FarmFax, CES Software, IT Management Services, and the like.
I entered semi-retirement in 1994, travelled around the
world, founded a non-profit named “The Human Future” (TheHumanFuture.net),
and began writing (RichWritings.com).
I formally retired (as in taking my “pension”) in 2005 after joining up
with Jane and meeting her friends Ron and Kim. I stay fairly current in
several technologies and occasionally consult for former businesses, favorite
clients, good friends and family. I serve on the Board of Directors for
several companies and a few organizations, try to keep up with Jane, and still
find time for skiing, climbing, diving, travel, and my latest undertaking –
getting my private pilot’s license.
I value productive relationships and good people.
Although I stay plenty busy, I welcome the opportunity to join with others in
synergistic interaction towards shared purpose. Let’s
find a worthwhile goal and work together to achieve it.