Those of you that don't personally know me might think that a 40 year old starting a PhD doesn't fit into the norm. Those of you that DO know me know that I never do things just to fit into the norm.
So why am I doing a PhD in fitness and social networking? Because I can and because it allows me to work with two of my passions - fitness and technology (my third passion is golf - Ireland in the summer and golf go hand in hand).
After my 11 years at the White House Athletic Center and running my own management consulting company, I wanted a new challenge in life, a break from corporate American and wanted to live my bucket list (I've had my list since 5th grade). One of the bucket list items was to live in Ireland, the other was to get a Master's degree (did that last year at the University of Limerick in International Business). The PhD was a natural progression in my long term goal to be THE expert of fitness and technology.
Ted Vickey is an entrepreneurial strategist focused on helping small businesses grows through successful uses of technology. He started his first company at age 24 to manage the on-site fitness center for the White House Athletic Center in Washington DC and remained there for 11 years under the Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations.
Other clients have included The United States Department of Commerce, Fruit of the Loom, The United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Osram Sylvania. In addition to his strategy consulting, he is also a member of the American Council on Exercise, the largest non-profit exercise certification organization in the United States with over 55,000 members.
He is an international speaker and author of four Amazon available books. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State and a Master’s degree in International Entrepreneurship Management from the University of Limerick. He is currently doing a PhD at the National University of Ireland Galway in exercise adherence and technology.
I am by EDUCATION an Exercise Scientist,
I am by EXPERIENCE an Entrepreneur,
I am by PASSION a Connector.
Penn Stater magazine article - "Ted Vickey is 'in charge' at the White House"
Note: one of my biggest regrets was that I never asked for a "photo op" with either of the Bush presidents.