"Mid way through my last year of art school, I started a design business on the side. I called the company McAlpine Graphic Communications and I was officially in business January 2, 1990. I was 20 at the time, I had zero qualifications to be a business owner and I had only had one real job (if you don't count paperboy at 12 and the fry guy at McDonald's at 14). That one real job was a part-time sign painter in high school and college. And I do mean 'painter' since computerization was just coming into the sign industry at the time!"