As a businessman and real estate developer Robert John DeLuca was compelled to operate within tightly restrictive parameters defined by market conditions, standards of conduct, government regulations, and many other restraining variables. As an author, however, he is pleased to be enjoying the incredible uplift of an unbounded endeavor limited only by his own creativity and passion. He has always had a strong interest in writing, which he cultivated at Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he holds BA and MBA degrees respectively.
After college, he served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam and left as a Captain to join the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, where he was a national accounts real estate lending officer. Eventually, he settled in Houston to become the chief financial officer for a residential construction company. He also spent time as a lender with the local office of Citibank, N.A. He became a partner in a shopping center development company, and subsequently founded Desert Southwest Realty which offered an array of industry services. Until recently he was a developer of affordable multifamily housing using low income tax credits. In fact, his extensive business background provides a strong platform and fertile resource in support of his writing endeavors
His books include two novels: "The Pact with the Devil", which pits a head-strong Texas businessman against a vicious Mexican drug lord and, "The Sister Edith" centering on the dreadful dilemma of a man torn between his birth and blood brothers. A non-fiction work, "The Perfect Pro Football Coach", ranks the proficiency of every NFL head the past fifty years. "Beatles, Books, and Bombs" is a tribute to fallen comrades and a self-account of life as an ROTC student on an ultra-liberal Ivy League campus and then serving with the Marines in Vietnam during the turbulent 1960's.
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