Jon Gleman was born just outside of Charleston, West Virginia. His family moved out of Charleston when he was a little more than one year old and made a couple of stops on their Southward journey before settling in Miami, Florida, when he was six years old. These stops and growing up in Miami in the 50s and 60s cemented his love of nature.
Jon has had several careers during his journey. He graduated with a BS in biology from the University of Miami and worked as an ecologist for many years in the 70s and 80s. During this time, he created and ran a small mail-order bookshop on natural sciences, The Naturalist Bookshop. In the mid-80s, he took a sharp turn in his career and worked for 26 years for Boeing at the Kennedy Space Center as an electrical controls engineer and later a manager. He then took a management position for a large prestigious architecture and engineering firm in Orlando. During this time, he started a custom woodworking shop, Gleman and Sons Custom Woodworks, with his sons that provides many unique and extraordinary items for individuals as well as companies. Many of the items they craft are made from reclaimed lumber.
Jon is retired now and is dedicating his journey to generating awareness on just how fortunate we are to be part of life here on our planet, Mother Earth. To this end Jon has written a book, Life’s Journey 2022.
Jon’s hope is that you will find these stories of his journey entertaining and enlightening. They will inspire you to do all that you can to connect with our earth-born companions and to restore, preserve, and protect our beautiful home, Mother Earth.