I'm a long-term investor looking for both "Growth" and "Value" companies. With over 15 years of experience in the marketplace, my main focus continues to be on small and mid-cap companies in the U.S. as well as companies from abroad, since I believe international markets will play a bigger role in the world's economy in the next decade. I usually invest in companies through the use of options, but from time to time I also buy shares of stock. Options, when used properly, provide enormous advantages to limit your downside and risk exposure. My goal in the investing world is to keep things as simple as possible. Defining a plan and sticking to it on every investment premise is my ultimate objective.