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  • 59 references 51 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Passionate Follower of Curiosity
  • College
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About Me


I am an author and economist and the founder of the Institute for Economic Evolution, whose purpose is to advance economic research that evaluates society holistically by including all stakeholders and available data to address contemporary challenges.

At my home in Tampa I have hosted over 80 travelers from over 20 countries in the past 5 years and made so many great connection and friends. I've surfed in three countries and loved every experience.

One of my favorite experiences was using Couchsurfing so I I could both audition and subsequently speak at TEDxAkron in 2018.

Check out my TEDxAkron Talk:


Fun loving, passionate about life, and always there for good conversation. Enjoy good music, thought, food, and drink.


My personally mission statement is that, “I see distant horizons clearly and work meticulously towards them.” I am living this life to contribute to society in a positive way and work every day towards that goal by building strong relationships, learning constantly and passionately following my curiosity.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I enjoying showing off Tampa Bay by hosting travelers and regularly seeing my own city through the eyes and experience of others.

I am also on a mission to travel with my book, Unlocking the Labor Cage, and share this new idea for improving the whole of society through technology and education. I have left numerous copies in Little Free Libraries around the United States.


Time with friends and time writing and wondering. Also enjoy, outdoor activities like running and going to the beach or camping. Live music is a regular necessity.

  • writing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • running
  • meditation
  • traveling
  • music
  • live music
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • economics
  • history
  • beaches
  • consciousness
  • philosphy
  • polyamory
  • empathy
  • good beer

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Too many moments to list. Much better served in conversation.

Teach, Learn, Share

I enjoy sharing my optimistic view of the direction our society is going and discuss how we can work to increase it's momentum.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I am a very neat and helpful person and certainly will do my part to be the best guest I can be.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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