Who would’ve thought that a skinny kid born in a small town in eastern Wyoming — whose family consisted of public educators, ranchers, and farmers — would end up in politics? There have been a few detours in getting to where I am today.
When I was five years old, my father, who was in the oil business, came home one day and said we were getting transferred to Tripoli, Libya. I believe that those 4½ years in Africa gave me my appreciation and respect for different cultures. Although we may look, speak, and pray differently, we share so many human similarities. When we returned to the States, I spent four summers working on my uncle’s ranch in Wyoming. After graduating from high school, I moved to Tempe, Arizona, and attended Arizona State University.
It was there that I fell in love with the restaurant industry. For the next 25 years, I held a leadership role in the corporate restaurant world, in executive management, overseeing multimillion-dollar operations with large staff and management teams.
I also owned my own restaurant in Lake Tahoe for 2½ years, then in 2001, I started an executive management search firm with no clients or candidates. Over the next 20 years, Pro Management & Associates had grown to 5 offices in 5 states, and my company placed over 800 executive managers with Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, my business could not withstand the two-year COVID-19 pandemic, and we closed in 2021.
My wife, Bobbie, and I moved to Montrose in 2014, where we have since bought a home and put down roots. Our son and his wife are both in the Navy, stationed in San Diego with our 6-year-old granddaughter. Our daughter currently lives in Missoula Montana and is a structural engineer. We enjoy most outdoor activities, including playing with our dogs and tending to our beautiful property.
I believe that the scope of leadership and organizational experience I’ve gathered in my life has brought me to where I am now. I have worked tirelessly with hundreds of volunteers for the past four years, building a vibrant Democratic Party in Montrose County. More recently, my work for the Colorado Democratic Party has taken me to all four corners of the state as the State Precinct Organizer Program Director, as well as the Regional Field Organizer for southwestern Colorado.
From Olathe to Slick Rock, from Dove Creek to Telluride, and all the towns and rural areas in between, we are a diverse group of people who must unite to have a strong voice in our state government. Together we can and will be heard.
I respectfully ask for your vote to represent District 58 in the Colorado State House of Representatives.