I was born in Waterville, Maine to Marie and John Walsh, the first born of “Irish triplets”. My father sold medical supplies in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and, during WWII, was a Captain in Field Artillery with Patton’s Army in Germany. My mother was an independent woman, a great bridge player and loving mother to me, my sister, Nancy (born 1 year later) and brother, Paul (born 2 years later).My father was a licensed hunting guide and loved the outdoors. As a family we camped, hiked, fished throughout the state. One of my favorite memories is the time my father took me and my brother on a fishing trip down the famous Allagash River in upper Maine. One of the best inheritances from our parents all three of us share is a love of adventure and the outdoors.
Albany, New York
At age 11, my family moved to Albany, NY, where my father became a self-employed manufacturer’s representative and my mother returned to work at a local bank. After two years in St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School, I asked my father if I could apply for Albany Academy, a highly respected, non-demoninational prep school. I knew the costs of this school would be a financial burden but my parents agreed to allow me to go. I completed high school at Albany Academy, was elected Cum Laude, Captain of the track team, President of the Student Council and, upon graduation, was accepted at Brown University in Providence, RI.
Four years later, I graduated from Brown with a Major in Political Science and a desire to try to get involved in making a difference. As the saying was, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. Upon returning to Albany, I was hired to organize students in a Republican mayoralty campaign. For those who are not aware, Republicans in Albany were the reformers, the Democrats were the Establishment that controlled Albany County tightly. From there, I went to work for another reformer, Republican Congressman Dan Button, at this office in Washington, DC and later ran his student campaign for Congress as well.
After the campaign, I decided to accept a job in Schenectady, NY (near Albany) in Neighborhood Youth Corp as a Counselor for 16-18 year olds who had dropped out of school. I had volunteered in a First Offender Rehabilitation Program in Washington, DC and enjoyed the personal interactions. For the next two years, I worked with 25 students who attended a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) program in the morning and worked four days in the afternoon to develop job skills. On Fridays, all of the students would participate in a special training or educational trips.
Unfortunately, after two years, my father was experiencing health issues so I decided to assist him in the family business. I continued to work with him until he passed away two years later from colon cancer. Just before he died, we decided to sell the business since I had no long term interest in staying in Albany and the sale would guarantee my mother a steady retirement income.
(Coincidentally, I had become enamored of a cute nurse, Nina, who was living in Boston and, I’m happy to say, has been Mrs. Walsh for over 41 years. We have two wonderful children, Tara and Jeremy, great Son and Daughter in Law in Jimmy and Christi and three exceptional grandchildren – Bella, Hunter and Liam. Fortunately, they all live in Maryland and we see them often.)
In an effort to find my own path in life and embark on an adventure , I joined the US Postal Service, working just about every entry level position except delivering the mail. After two years, I was promoted to EEO (Equal Opportunity Counselor) handling discrimination cases from the Catskills to the Canadian border in Upstate New York.
White River Junction, VT
Two years later, I was promoted again to be the Customer Service Representative for the State of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire. For the next six years, I worked with large and small mailers, designing and delivering educational programs to enable companies to maximize the use of Postal Services. I worked with the State of Vermont and reorganized their mailing operations which saved them $200,000 year and received a Special Meritorious Service Award for pioneering a new International Mailing program while on assignment in New York City.
At the same time, I became active in local government in Lebanon, NH (across the river from White River Junction), serving as an elected City Councilor and Planning Board and Zoning Board member.
New York City
In the course of working with mailers and Postal Service regulations, I became an “expert” in domestic and international mailing and was offered and accepted a job as Vice President, of Johnson & Hayward, Inc., a leading direct marketing company. While there, I developed new international mailing programs including a new software product while managing the customer service and sales organizations. In addition, at the request of the VP of Sales for the US Postal Service, I provided recommendations for new international mailing and support programs which were all adopted.
Two years later I was recruited to join Group 1 Software, Inc. as Director of International Sales. During the next 16 years, I was, at different times, the Vice President of Product Management, Sales and Business Development and General Manager of the International Division. My major focus was new product introductions through in-house development, acquisitions and strategic alliances. In my time there, Group 1 grew from $3 million to over $100 million.
Silver Spring, MD
I left Group 1 and co-founded a technology R & D company, DQS Global, Inc., with my son who is now the lead architect for a large consulting company. During our 7 year existence, we were able to receive numerous domestic and international patents including a special patent designation reserved for inventions in the national interest. During this time, I was active in the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader Award for developing a education program for people wishing to become technology entrepreneurs.
Unfortunately, our efforts to commercialize our new software system after having proved its viability in a large scale business environment were wiped out in the Recession of 2008 and we had to close the company. Investment money just disappeared.
In 2009, I started a new career as a chauffeur and dispatcher for RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation. During the past nine years, RMA has been awarded several national and local awards from multiple organizations as the best company in the industry. I am proud to have played my part in their success and am grateful for the lessons and skills learned over this time. RMA distinguishes itself through superior customer service and attention to details. I intend to use these skills in establishing the leading constituent services office on Capitol Hill.
In summary, I believe I possess a unique combination of life experiences and personal characteristics of independence, persistence, focus, vision, creativity and service to others.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve you!