Author and Entrepreneur

Lawrence has been published in dozens of periodicals, written industry-related books, and penned a monthly international newsletter. He has been a pilot for most of his life, owning and flying a variety of sport and private aircraft.

Born and raised in Montana, Lawrence has lived all over the western U.S. In his early years, he worked as a flight instructor, crop duster, and aerobatic instructor, owning and flying a variety of airplanes including antiques and amateur-built. His latest memoir, Schellville, captures those adventure-filled days.

Almost four years in the Air Force Security Service during the Vietnam conflict gave rise to his first book, Red Boots Rebel. His second book, Up Hill Dreaming, is a result of a lifetime of educational encounters with dreamers, schemers, and scalawags as an independent businessman. He spent much of his career in the heating industry as a manufacturer, association director, and owner. He holds a number of patents, including a unique modular RV camper and portable shelter.

Lawrence writes from a first-hand perspective of a love of aviation, a successful entrepreneur, a caring family man, and a passion for life.

Since “retirement” I have been busier than I have ever been. I call it retirement because in 2009 I left the organization that I had built over a fifteen year period; one that had provided a steady income, although tentative at times. My intent was to simplify my life. Instead, I started a new business, wrote books, developed software, and websites, produced videos, and generally created a whole new set of complications. This website contains some of the projects that have kept me busy since then. I hope that you might find something here that interests you.
— Lawrence V. Drake