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I was born in the blue-collar steel country of Pennsylvania, raised and shaped by a close family with salt of the earth character rooted deeply in the greatest generation. By following their inspiration to take nothing for granted, while living life to its fullest and contributing more than I take, my life has been a rewarding adventure since my earliest childhood memories.

Personally, I'm a self-confessed throwback adventurer who enjoys cold dinners out of a can, loosely planned expeditions to the middle of nowhere and long dives with sharks. I can fashion a tourniquet out of any necktie, prefer A1-Sauce over Gray Poupon and skirt steaks that are just a little pink in the middle.

Professionally, I’m an entertainment industry veteran – earned my first paycheck at 14, playing drums in Las Vegas strip with my parent’s showband, Brooks Paxton & What U Need.

Taking a show on the road. Traveling the world as entertainers with our parents opened young eyes to an even bigger, wilder world.

While furthering my education and living in Los Angeles during the 1990's, I gained experience on the other side of the entertainment industry in management and multi-national media sponsorships.

In 1998, after relocating back to my adopted home state Florida to be closer with family and the bio-diversity surrounding us there, I spent several years as a licensed real estate professional and residential investment specialist, while serving on various boards including the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation.

No matter where we traveled, there was adventure to be found and wildlife to be discovered.

Close family ties and many adventures shared growing up in western Pennsylvania. Go STEELERS! 

For the next two decades, with my show business family, and subsequently, touring with other artists like Swamp Boogie Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers, I had the pleasure of performing for hungry crowds around the world as a touring and studio drummer/percussionist. Those travels also vastly extended the scope of my exposure to adventure in the outdoors and wildlife that began during my early youth in the wilds of western Pennsylvania.

A show business family that plays together, stays together.

As this 21st Century approached, I took an honest look back at all those divergent miles across the map of my life and saw there was a loose, but hearty handful of passions on board for every single step of the journey. That's the stuff that drives me. The most precious cargo of all. It's why I'm here. Doing what I do.

Currently, with my Brother and Co-Founder, Brooks, we operate Shark Brothers Multimedia. It's a production company newly named in 2017 to integrate who we're known as with what we've been doing for over a decade; creating content for series, documentaries, destination, tourism and product promotion, innovative live streaming events, education and cause marketing. The Shark Brothers nickname is an occupational hazard, of sorts. It was given to us in the mid 2000's by a journalist covering a wildlife documentary project we were producing about sharks and the real story behind the JAWS book and movies. With that and other shark-related work over the years, the nickname got pretty sticky so we decided to accept it. 

All in all, I'm fortunate to remain fully engaged with work that never feels like a job, while enjoying forty years residing on the Myakka River in my adopted home state of Florida, next door to my brother and just down the waterway from our parents, with everything from alligators to bull sharks swimming around in the back yard. As a family, we celebrate the simple thing in life while carrying on the traditions and a legacy that keeps us close. After all those miles traveled together and apart, we all found our way home. Life is good and the adventure continues. -sp-

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