Carl Froede Jr. was born in Germany to American parents. His father’s U.S. Army career carried him not only across the United States twice, but also completely around the world before his 16th birthday. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at the University of South Alabama in 1981. His career has changed on several occasions, leading him into such areas as oil and gas exploration, personal computer sales and service, public health work, and at present, environmental cleanup in the southeastern United States through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been happily married to Susan, his wife, for over 25 years, and they currently live in Snellville, GA.