Started my career in May, 1983 in Royal Oak, MI by answering an ad in the paper (Photographer – Wanted – No experience necessary.)
Don was a staff photographer for photographing high school seniors, where he had the chance to work with many great Master Photographers.
Don started in sales in 1984 selling sports programs to junior high schools and leagues.
Don went from there to selling school accounts: 50% sales; 50% photography.
In 1985, Don moved to Arizona as the new territory manager for Lifetouch as part of the Market Development Group. As this role was to grow the territory, he was asked to move to Huston to take over that area, however, due to family reason he needed to move his family back to Michigan. In Michigan, he took on a sales/photography manager role were he managed 5 senior studios and staff.
In 1989, Don was asked to leave his sales position and run Lifetouch’s first Mall Senior Studio.
In 1994, Don was asked to move to South Bend, IN to take over managing the northern half of the state. Don grew the business from the basement of his home to the first studio in northern IN for Lifetouch.
In 1996, Don started to take on a larger role in photography training for Lifetouch.
In 1997, Don moved to Indianapolis to take on a photography management role due to commitment to Lifetouch corporate in training and development.
In 1999, Don moved to Minneapolis and took on the role of Developer for the High School product line.
In 2002, Don moved to Lifetouch Corporate division and assumed the role of Corporate Developer for all Lifetouch companies.
In 2004, Don was promoted to Director of Corporate Development
In 2005, Don went back to LNSS as Director of Secondary and Training for LNSS
Present, Don work in the RI territory for Lifetouch were he oversees the photography training for one of Lifetouch largest territory’s which serves over 450 high schools.
Don’s Accomplishment and Special Memories:
Don has been the recipient of many Lifetouch photographic awards in: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996, and 1997
Don was the first photographer in Lifetouch to be certified as a Certified Professional Photographer
Don’s first publish photo was in 2003 with his Lifetouch image on the cover of the Professional Photographer Senior Convention Brochure
Don was publish again in 2005 on the PPA 125th Anniversary Convention Brochure
Don was the first Lifetouch Photographer to receive his Masters in 2006
Don was the first Lifetouch Photographer to receive his Craftsman in 2015
MN PPA Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2011
ASP State Elite Award
Affiliated Judging award in 2005 & 2001
MN PPA Master Court of Honor 2011