A while back, several months I guess, David Keelan asked me about writing some posts for his blog. I said sure, but with the election, and Christmas, and all of the other things that preoccupy the life of a thirty-something with two children, I just never took that next step. Well, I’m taking the next step. You can stop twisting my arm now David.
Before I get into postings, I wanted to take a little space to introduce myself and give some background on myself.
My name is Harold Bernadzikowski. I was born in Baltimore, lived in Bowie, MD, until I was 3, and then moved to Severna Park where I remained until after college. I then lived in Annapolis, MD (a great place to live), then Elkridge, then West Friendship, and now currently reside in Sykesville, MD, just into Carroll County.
I attended the University of Maryland (there’s only 1, and it’s in College Park), where I earned a degree in Urban Studies and Planning, with a concentration in Architecture. After college, I worked for a short time as a surveyor/draftsmen, then spent 3 years as the Associate Planner for the City of Laurel. I moved on the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, where I spent 7 years as a Planner, the last 3 years as a Planning Supervisor. Two years ago, I left government work and incorporated myself as an independent contractor doing zoning consultation work. I now work as a project manager for a development company, doing mostly commercial office and flex buildings.
Although I don’t live in Howard County, I work there, and I’ve spent my entire life around or in Howard County, so I feel that qualifies me as a “local”.
I am married and have to children, and two cats to round out the family. I do love dogs, and our next pet will be a dog. Cats are just less maintenance.
Anyway, that’s enough about me for now. I want to thank David for inviting me to participate on his blog, and I hope I bring interesting topics and perspectives to the table.