I am an independent investor who has been analyzing and investing in stocks starting nearly five decades ago while pursuing an engineering degree in college and then an MBA, and have been an active investor ever since. My career has encompassed broad and extensive executive Wall Street as well as non-financial industry work experience. I take an analytical and pragmatic approach to investing in stocks with a particular focus on undervalued companies in promising industries. My concentration is with long term growth investments as well as with short term special situation companies that display promising potential. If the potential with a stock in the latter category materializes, the investment either moves into my long term portfolio or is liquidated with the proceeds plowed back into other worthy investments. I enjoy analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing individual company profiles, financial data, news releases, market and industry trends, "Stock Watch" lists, analysts’ research, information provided by companies’ Investor Relations people, etc. I tend to favor firms with rapidly growing sales, a solid balance sheet, high potential product(s) and pertinent insider buying/sellling activity. The lesson that I have learned over the years is NOT to make investments based upon emotion or the hype of the moment, but rather to do due diligence on the relevant facts. If I find that I have made a bad investment decision, I sell it and move on. Emotion should be restricted to loved ones, not investments.