About: Some Tidbits About Me

So you’re bored and browsing the internet one day and then you stumble upon my site. After looking at all my great photography, you were probably thinking what’s this Rich Brown all about. We’ll you’ve come to the right page. Check out the space below for some tidbits about my life. 

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Rich Brown in Cancun, Mexico

Rich Brown in Cancun, Mexico

Hometown:
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA

University:
The Pennsylvania State University

Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Hotel & Restaurant Management
Minor: Computer Science

Languages Spoken:
English, German

Cameras:
Nikon D5100, Nikon D7100, iPhone 11 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro

Favorite Quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

 

First of all, thanks for checking out my website. If you’ve found your way here, you must be wondering who is this Rich Brown guy. Let me tell you a little about myself.

My Background: I grew up a fairly normal kid, in a typical white, middle-class family in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I was the only child and we lived in a small house that my parents built next to my Dad’s mother and father. I played little league baseball and a few years of soccer. I went to public school and before I graduated I made the national honor society guaranteeing a spot for my name on the wall of my high school.  I went away to Penn State University starting at Penn State Altoona for 2 years and then moving up to University Park where I eventually finished my degree before moving out west where I am today. I also studied German in both High School and University so I’m a somewhat fluent German speaker.

My Parents: My Dad’s parents were simple people, they grew up outside of Philadelphia, children of English & Irish families who could be traced back to the landing of the Mayflower. They met as teenagers and ran away together, got married, and started a family in the 1930s. My grandmother was a stay-at-home housewife and my grandfather was a carpenter who had also been a local justice of the peace and subsequently our town’s chief of police. My Mom’s parents were immigrants who came over from Europe. My grandmother was from Poland and my grandfather was from Slovakia. Their parents came to the United States in the early 1900s and settled down in a predominantly Polish & Slovak neighborhood just outside of Philadelphia. My Mom was an office worker and my Dad was an HVAC mechanic who worked at Pepperidge Farms with his 2 brothers for over 30 years. My parents met because my Dad, on his way home from work every day, would see my Mom sitting on the porch of her house and he decided one day to stop and ask her on a date because he thought she had great legs. The rest is history. My parents remained deeply in love and committed to each other until my Dads passing in 2019. My Mom never remarried and continues to talk about how great my Dad was as a husband and to our family.

My Story: There isn’t much to the story. I’d like to believe I’m self-made. I wasn’t born into wealth but I was born into an extremely loving family who wanted nothing but the best for me. I’d like to think I wasn’t spoiled as an only child but I can’t help to realize that I had most things that I wanted as a child. I was a marginally good student in High School and I was a marginally bad student at University because I discovered beer and fraternity parties. I somehow managed to graduate from university and start a career in technology. I’ve worked for various companies throughout the United States as well as England and Switzerland. I’ve spent my career learning new technology, working with clients, and building teams. I’ve spent my life working, I have a great worth ethic and frankly I enjoy the satisfaction that comes along with the achievements from working hard. I’d like to believe that with my now 4th consecutive C-Level executive role, I’m at the peak of my corporate career and the only place to go from here is either another bigger role or self-employment if I ever get tired of the bureaucracy.

My Family: Family is what you make of it right? I’m married to my best friend Daniel who just happens to have been born and raised in Austria. I’d love to say we speak German at home but that’s only reserved for facetime calls with Daniel’s family in Austria. Our extended family is made up of our 2 white Swiss shepherds Bear & Ava, our border collie Shadow, as well as our 4 chinchillas Chip, Joey, Molly & Coco, and our 2 thoroughbred horses Galileo and Fynn.

My Passion: There are very few little things in lives that bring excitement. Aside from my love of science and technology, my biggest passion in life is photographing the world around me. When I was a young man my Grandfather gave me my first camera, an old Pentax 35mm. I took that camera with me while traveling through Europe and I still have it here with me today. That camera set off in me a life long interest in photography. I continue to spend my free time traveling the world and taking photos. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the opportunities to explore and photograph different parts of the world and I’m looking forward to what the future holds for some new and exciting adventures.