I am a graphic designer, writer, and photographer.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honors (major in History with minors in Political Science and Art) from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. My honors thesis (on the history of the Lehigh Valley Railroad) later developed into my first book, necessitating the founding of The Garbely Publishing Company in 2012 to bring it to print. I have since authored four more railroad books of my own and published over a dozen history titles for other authors. I provided graphics, editing, and formatting for all of these publications.
The publishing company was (and still is) my “side job,” and remains a labor of love outside of my professional career. I have spent the years since my college graduation working in marketing for a variety of industries. I’ve worked for a railroad, a well drilling company, and an environmental firm, successfully providing creative graphic design and advertising copy to develop corporate brands and acquire new business.
However, my experience with creative artistry long pre-dates my degree and my professional work experience. I took my first photograph at three years old, with my very own Fisher-Price 110mm camera. I have spent the intervening years perfecting my craft, eventually moving to digital in 2008. Meanwhile, many of my teenage years were spent working in Photoshop to modify or create graphics in video games, and I designed my first website before I entered high school. I quickly developed a proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for my design work, along with the entire Microsoft Office suite for my writing. Despite all of this activity, I found time to stay active in the Boy Scouts of America and earn the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15.
I am the kind of person that hates to be idle, and I’m an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations. Most notably, I am a trustee and the media and communications volunteer for Operation Toy Train, which collects over 25,000 toys each year for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation. I am also the vice president and publications chairman for The Conrail Historical Society, which preserves the history of the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail). My long list of current affiliations includes several other organizations benefitting a variety of causes, including the two museums at which I interned during my college years (the National Museum of Industrial History and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania). I'm also a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES), and I have a Certificate in Editing fromfrom The Poynter Institute.
In my free time, I am an avid guitarist, music aficionado, and concertgoer. I enjoy cooking, but I couldn’t bake if my life depended on it. My vacations are usually food-centric, and I also make a point of visiting historic sites that are close to the best restaurants in town. When I’m not writing a book or running around to non-profit events, concerts, restaurants, or historic sites, I’m happily relaxing at home in the Poconos with my fiancée, our four cats, and the 18 wild deer that we feed on a daily basis.