At a Glance

Biographical

J-Walk & Associates, Inc. is a small (very small) consulting firm based in Tucson, Arizona. I won't try to fool you. J-Walk & Associates consists of a single person -- me (John Walkenbach).

I earn most of my income by writing spreadsheet books and magazine articles. In addition to about 50 books, I've written approximately 300 articles and reviews for magazines such as InfoWorld, PC World, PC/Computing, Windows, and several others that no longer exist. For about three years, I wrote the monthly spreadsheet column for PC World.

I also developed several popular Excel add-in products, including  Power Utility Pak and Enhanced Data Form. When time permits, I do some spreadsheet consulting.

I did my undergraduate study at the University of Missouri (major in psychology, minor in computer science) and then earned a Masters and Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Montana (geography played a major role in my decision to attend that university).  

After graduation, I spent a brief period of time doing work that was actually related to my coursework. I soon lost interest in psychology. More specifically, I lost interest in doing what it takes to get funding for psychology. Next, I began my second career in the banking industry,  purely by accident (it was the only job I could find). I worked for a financial services data processing supplier in  Oregon, a large credit union in Los Angeles, and eventually landed a job as V.P. of market research for HomeFed Bank in San Diego (which has the distinction of being the largest S&L to fail). When HomeFed failed, I decided to try self-employment -- and I've never looked back. Currently, my third career lets me work out of my home, and I never have to wear a tie -- or shoes, for that matter. In the summer of 2004, we abandoned California and moved to the desert.

In 2000, I was named a Microsoft MVP -- an elite group of tech professionals hand-picked by Microsoft. The primary advantage is an annual MVP Summit conference, which allows me to interact with other Excel MVPs. I resigned from the program in 2010.

The Spreadsheet Page first appeared on the World Wide Web on February 16, 1996. To calculate the number of days, enter the following Excel formula:

 =TODAY()-DATE(1996,2,16)

The site was originally designed using Microsoft FrontPage. In July, 2008, I redesigned the site using an excellent product called Expression Engine.

Besides computers and spreadsheets, I'm also interested in music. Lately, my preferred genre is old time Appalachian music, and play clawhammer banjo and guitar.

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