Jeffrey Mark Shapiro was born in Gloversville, New York. Gloversville is a small town about 25 miles northwest of Albany in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains on the Great Sacandaga Resevoir. Jeffrey grew up in these mountains riding mini-bikes and snowmobiles, fishing the mountain lakes and ponds and getting into the normal amount of mischief associated with a young boy growing up in the wild. He attended Mayfield Central School. He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1973 and attended SUNY at Morrisville and obtained his Bachelors of Business of Administration in Accounting at Texas Wesleyan University, followed by a MBA at the University of Dallas. Jeffrey’s move from New York and his famous motorcycle ride to Texas are chronicled in his second novel titled “Aaron’s Ride.” In 1987, Jeffrey passed the CPA examination, with licenses in both the State of Texas and the State of Tennessee. Jeffrey never practiced one day as a CPA.

Jeffrey’s professional career spanned 20 years with Bell Helicopter for the next 20 years from 1983 – 2004, becoming the President & General Manager of one of Bell’s divisions from 2000 – 2004. During this time he also received both his private and commercial helicopter licenses. Jeff left Bell and founded Dart Helicopter Services in October 2004. In seven short years Dart Helicopter Services became the largest helicopter accessory company in the world. Jeffrey sold his interest in Dart in February 2011 and began Quigley Fine Wines. Quigley is the exclusive importer and distributor for over 30 wine producers world-wide, specializing in smaller vineyards of the highest quality wines. They sell their specialty wines by the case to private individuals through a sales staff located throughout the United States. In 2020, Quigley Fine Wines was named by Conde Naste Traveler as the best small family importer in the world.

Jeffrey is the author of 9 books, including How I Found Trouble, How I Found More Trouble, How I Found Ultimate Trouble, Redeeming Joshua, Aaron’s Ride, Perspectives, Perditions, The Front Porch and tatooed in Thailand.

Jeffrey and Mary reside in their homes in Coronado California and Chicago Illinois and travel each year to various wine expos and vineyards around the world.

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