Growing up on my family’s farm in a small rural Illinois town, I spent long hours working and watching my parents work even harder. They instilled in me from a very young age the values of hard work and the importance of being willing to help your neighbors.
Throughout high school I was active in the FFA and I went on to attend Southern Illinois University. Even as a young student, I understood the importance of fiscal responsibility.
Because of that, I worked my way through college to avoid student loans. It wasn’t easy, but nothing that’s worth it ever is, and thanks to my upbringing, I’m not afraid of hard work.
After earning my BA in Forestry from SIU, I took a traveling job with US Forestry Service. I was glad for the adventure and the chance to see this great country we call home. I’ve been to a number of different states but when I landed in Knoxville in 2011 something stopped me. Here, nestled in the foothills, we have a rich history, a diverse culture, and a strong sense of community that I’ve not felt anywhere else. I immediately fell in love with our scruffy city and knew that I was home.
For the last 6 years I have worked as a Forestry Consultant contracted to the local utility board. I often plan work for large crews and manage them on the worksite. I’ve spent countless hours talking with customers to find solutions. This means that I’ve spent a lot of time walking through neighborhoods talking to folks like you. Often in the conversations I’ve gotten an inside look at the people of Knoxville and what matters most to them. I have the knowledge that comes from that experience and an insight into the voices of the people. I’m proud to be able to run this campaign to stand up and make sure that those voices are heard.
I am also a small business owner and Certified Arborist. I understand the importance of a good pruning, how it can be healthy, whether it occurs within a tree or a governing body.
My family and I live in the beautiful and historic Lake Forest district of South Knoxville. We are interested in sustainable eco-culture and raise bees, chickens, organic vegetables, and five homeschooled children on what we lovingly call our “suburban homestead."
As a Forester, small business owner, Husband, Father, Neighbor, and Resident of South Knoxville I am proud to work with you to make a better Knoxville for all of us. I appreciate your support.