About Me

I am the founder and president of Renkara Media Group. We build AccelaStudy, an accelerated learning platform with millions of users.

My long form CV is here.

I grew up in a neighborhood called Sunset Lake outside of the town of Carlock, Illinois, population 400. I went to Carlock Elementary School and then Parkside Junior High School. I went to University High School. I attended Illinois State University.

I’ve lived in Bloomington, Normal, and Peoria, Illinois. In 2000, I moved to Chicago. I lived in a condo at 600 South Dearborn for awhile. It is also known as the Transportation Building and was the headquarters for Eliot Ness and the Untouchables during Prohibition.

I proposed to Ahu on top of the Eiffel Tower in January 2001. We got married on top of the Sears Tower in Chicago on March 23rd, 2002 and went on an epic honeymoon.

Our son Karl was born in November, 2008. Our son Connor was born in April, 2010.

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Ahu and I and the boys used to live in Inverness, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. We moved to Texas in August 2014 and now live in a small town called Westlake. We moved to Westlake so our sons could attend Westlake Academy, an International Baccalaureate charter school that frequently ranks in the top 50 schools in the United States.

I was a bodybuilder, a track cyclist, a triathlete, a rock climber, and an Olympic weightlifter. Now I do yoga and play in the mud every year in the Chicago Tough Mudder.

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I thought I was a certified PADI Rescue Diver but apparently my certification was lost 25 years ago and so I have to retake the course. I was a lifeguard at the Four Seasons Club in Bloomington, Illinois during high school and college.

I am an autocross enthusiast and I race a 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS. I’ve also raced a 2012 Porsche 911 S. I’m a member of the Porsche Club of America - Mavericks Region and I do autocross events with the Equipe Radpide sports car club.

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