Vinton is a native of Norfolk, VA, and was fortunate to grow up in the early 60s when Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA was the home of NASA. His father worked at Langley in the early years of the Mercury Space Program, and he provided an exciting introduction to aviation and space to his young son. Like many pilots from that era, Vinton earned his private pilot license with money earned from paper routes during high school. His wife has endured his love of aviation for over forty years! God Bless Her! Vinton spent thirty five years with 3M Company in sales and sales management, and retired in March of 2016. He currently owns a Cirrus SR-20 with three other partners at Cherokee County Airport in Ball Ground, GA. He is a 700 Hour Commercial Pilot, with an Instrument Rating and holds an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. He plans on providing ground school classes for prospective Private and Commercial pilot aspirants at his home airport in Canton, GA.