I grew up in rural, north central Missouri about an hour north of Columbia. After joining Cub Scout Pack as a fifth grader because no one has asked me to join before that, I continued in Scouting to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout with four palms. I am a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and served as a Lodge Officer. I worked on camp staff for seven years and am Wood Badge trained.
I became the first member of my extended family to graduate from college receiving a B.S. degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri. My college involvement included being a member of the marching band, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Sigma Alpha. I spent a semester as an intern in the Missouri House of Representatives.
My hobbies include golf, fishing, and outdoor activities. I am an avid sports fan especially baseball where I have a baseball card collection of over 40,000 cards. I have always been active with my church beginning as an alter server as a youth and lector or usher as an adult. I have been a youth coach for numerous baseball, softball, and basketball teams.
My wife, Kerry, and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in June 2017. We have three children; Shawn (22) is a business credit analyst for Fidelity State Bank and Trust in Topeka, KS, Jessica (21) is a Junior at Randall University in Moore, OK majoring in secondary math education and is the keeper for the college soccer team, and Danielle (16) is a Sophomore at Washburn Rural where she participates in power lifting and has been the team manager for the high school football and wrestling teams.
Rotary International has been a significant part of my community involvement since first joining in 1991. As a member of six clubs, I have been on the board of directors on four, club secretary for two, and president for one. Rotary membership has allowed me to leverage the “make-up meetings” in order to attend numerous other area Rotary clubs. This has allowed me to meet key leaders in every community. In many cases, my attendance is so regular, they stopped introducing me as a guest. That familiarity has allowed me to keep a finger on the pulse of many communities within my service area.
In addition to Rotary, I was very active on the Kickers Soccer Club board in Aurora, Illinois. Having three children that played in that club and not happy with what was going on, I put my time where my mouth was and got elected as Vice President. During that time, the club continue to grow in players and teams. We added coaching staff and managed a close to $1 million budget. I used my fundraising and management skills to the benefit of the soccer club to increase parental involvement, donation support, and marketing.