Prior to starting Quantum Leap Enterprises (QLE), Ernie spent 25 years as a U.S. Naval Aviator. He enlisted in 1978 and served on long-range reconnaissance / surveillance P-3 Orion aircraft as an aviation electronics technician. In conjunction, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and became a commissioned officer, serving as Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander flying world-wide throughout the western Pacific, Persian Gulf, and European theater, including ground support in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Throughout his career, Ernie managed personnel and all facets of maintenance, training, quality assurance, mission planning, and physical security.
After retiring from the navy, and with the intent of giving back, he completed life-coach training with CoachU and then returned to his roots in Palm Beach County on a mission to make a difference in young lives. He spent six years as an NJROTC instructor with Palm Beach County Schools, helping high school students focus on goal setting, self-discipline and self-esteem. After this rewarding endeavor, he left to fulfill goals of his own earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, becoming a Master Gardener through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and launching QLE - a sustainable solutions company. A life-long surfer and conservationist, Ernie is a proponent of the belief that, "we are not leaving this world to our children, we are borrowing it from them" and, because of that, we have an obligation to leave the earth better than we found it.