I grew up locally and graduated from Shawnee Mission North before earning my Degree at the University of Kansas with a Major in Communications and Public Relations and a Minor in Political Science. 

I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry since graduation, spending more than 20 years in the field of diabetes.  For more than 14 years managed a team of direct reports.

Politically, I am a fiscal conservative but believe in the concept of non-partisan local elections.  I am a coalition builder, and would seek to bring the council together (which has been a problem in Shawnee previously).  My goal would be to work hard to represent my fellow constituents in Ward 3 while still looking out for the greater interest of the entire city.

Personally, I am the proud father of an 18 year-old daughter and 16 year-old son.  I have been married to my amazing wife Terri for 23 years. We have lived in our current home in Shawnee for more than 15 years. My entire immediate family all reside in Johnson County.  I spent my free time coaching sporting events when the kids were younger, but have recently taken on interests serving with Shawnee government.
   


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Political Experience:
Elected Shawnee Ward 3 City Councilman, 2019
Former Treasurer, Johnson County Republican Party
Former Republican Precinct Committeeman
Former Lenexa Parks & Recreation Board Member

Professional Experience:
Over 14 years as a District Business Manager at Novo Nordisk Inc. managing 9-11 sales people

Over 20 years in pharmaceutical industry fighting for better treatment for type 2 diabetic patients.​
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My Why
In a sentence, because I love and appreciate our Shawnee community.  We have an incredible city which is on a solid course and I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute and help ensure that our community continues to thrive and grow. 

I have always had a strong interest in local government dating back to my high school days at Shawnee Mission North. Years ago I was involved in Lenexa government by serving on the Parks and Recreation Board.  I have also served as Treasurer for the Johnson County Republican Party, as a Precinct Committeeman and received 2 “keys to the city” of Lenexa. 

However, the “politics” and in-fighting within the party turned me off.  My interest has always been in a non-partisan manner and my desire would be to ensure solid fiscal decisions at a city level. 
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