Robert Alan McConkey is a native of the Pacific Northwest where he grew up with a passionate interest in science and business. After getting an undergraduate degree in Zoology and Oceanography from the University of Washington, he went on to manage a small homebuilding and remodeling company in the Seattle area. An active member of the Kitsap County Home Builders Association, McConkey served as a national director to the Home Builders Association in the early 1980s. Later he owned and operated a marine construction company that built concrete and wood floating docks. Robert is still active in his marine construction and maintenance business and works part-time as a freelance writer and business consultant. He currently teaches several online courses on e-commerce and is a published writer and poet. He has a master s degree in business and holds a teaching certificate for High School level math and science. His wife Helen and two grown children, Andrew and Kendra, enjoy an active life in the Pacific Northwest that includes boating, scuba diving, running, and cycling."