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About

What's the story?

Back in the spring of 2001, I left a perfectly good position at a great software company in San Francisco to work in Kansas City for one of the best stock-pickers to ever come out of Boston.  But there was a problem. 

He was dirty.

And of all things, he hired me - an Eagle Scout.

Of course, I didn't know he was dirty. No one knew. And when I use the term dirty, I mean he was...well, you'll have to read the book to understand just how fraudulent he was.

The book I am Kickstarting here, The Whistle and the Talon, is my story of how I used my resources, network and a dose of pure luck to help the SEC bring my scoundrel of a boss to justice.

Why now?

In the shadow of 9/11, my tale seemed to be of no real significance. And after having 'dropped the dime' on my employer, I kinda just wanted the whole experience to go away and did my best to forget the whole thing.

But now that I've racked up 15 years in the investment management business, I feel I have the hindsight and perspective to tell my experience in an interesting way.

Dedication

Mr. Paul Eason led Tupelo, Mississippi's BSA Troop 12 for 45 years.
Mr. Paul Eason led Tupelo, Mississippi's BSA Troop 12 for 45 years.

I would like to dedicate this story to my Scoutmaster, the late, great Paul Eason of Tupelo, Mississippi.  I endeavor to tell the tale in a manner befitting his presence - a thorough telling devoid of spite and profanity, and with a good helping of humor and fundamental truths.

My Eagle Scout Award - Presented August 5, 1985 - Tupelo, MS
My Eagle Scout Award - Presented August 5, 1985 - Tupelo, MS

Special Thanks

A very special "thank you!" to Natural History Photography / Phillip Colla.  I was browsing some of the photos here http://www.oceanlight.com when I came across a shot that truly inspired me.

Thank you for allowing me to use your imagery, Phil.

The Rewards

The rewards are pretty straightforward - all created by and overseen by yours truly.  

Digital goods will be delivered in a forthright manner upon final editing and proofing.  Hard copies will, of course, be autographed and shipped ASAP.

With regard to the Book Signing Party or Golf outings, you're merely responsible for showing up...everything during the event will be covered.

The Extended Executive Edition

Madoff. Enron. AIG. When large frauds like these make news, they dominate the headlines.  My goal for the Executive Edition is to relate my story to other numerous 'little frauds' that have taken and are taking place all throughout the investment advisory business.

The work I envision would suit both the individual investor and investment manager alike, as I intend to "Open Letter" the SEC with suggestions that will attempt to improve their case load on the investment management front.

Use of Funds

I need a new computer, and this work of mine will definitely require editing.

Risks and challenges

This is my story to tell, and mine alone, from my perspective. So the 'bus factor' is pretty high. But as long as there is breath in this body and fingers that can type, I will convey my story to you as ordered.

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    The Whistleblower Field Kit: Executive Edition - Includes one digital copy of the final work Executive Edition (English/PDF), one autographed hard copy of the Executive Edition (English), one hand-made whistle and a complete action checklist for any whistleblowing endeavor.

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