About the Author
In 1980, Don worked as a drilling rig roughneck and eventually began buying and selling oil and gas leases throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. When the oil industry went into a severe slump in 1983, he moved to Houston where he met his wife Ammi, a native of Sweden, and started a family. After briefly working with a real estate developer, Don struck out on his own and formed investment partnerships to buy and sell land. When the Houston real estate market softened in 1986, he headed west.
Don became a successful real estate investor and developer. He also served as a bank director, owned an environmental contracting company, and served as the President of an influential lobbying organization that was actively involved in local and state politics.
Don became a partner with Signature Communities, a major real estate development company specializing in condominium projects with projects valued at over $2 billion. His first novel, Offshore, was published by a small Texas-based publisher in April 2005. The corporate thriller revolves around the offshore drilling and exploration business and set in Houston. The book debuted at the annual Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, the largest energy conference in the world. Offshore received excellent reviews and garnered national media coverage, especially due to the impending energy crisis and the controversy over offshore drilling.
Don accurately predicted that gasoline prices would reach $3.00 that summer and would escalate further if no comprehensive energy program were implemented to reduce the county's dependence on foreign oil. The program should include drilling in a small portion of the Artic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR), rescinding the moratorium on offshore drilling on more than 80% of the country's Outer Continental Shelf, building more nuclear plants and oil refineries, increasing domestic oil and natural gas production, developing clean coal technology, investing in other alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power, and hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
A successful real estate developer and businessman for more than twenty-five years, Don Corace has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The Neal Boortz Show, and many other media venues and has testified before Congress on property rights issues.