Mr. Alex is a retired manufacturing executive. Originally from New Jersey, he has lived all over the East Coast of the United States from Maine to Alabama. His education includes a BS from Clemson University and an MBA from Jacksonville State University. A Vietnam veteran and a private pilot, he has a number of other interests, including: music—he plays the drums, sailing, mathematics—he is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, handgun competition, chess, drag racing and bridge. He currently teaches at the University of South Carolina.