My connections to North Carolina run deep. My father was born in Sampson County, near Clinton, and I have extended family across the state. I grew up on a small cattle farm in Augusta County, Virginia, just outside Staunton. This upbringing cultivated in me a strong work ethic, an appreciation for nature, the ability to think critically, and encouraged me to become a man of integrity.
After high school, I attended Radford University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduating, I realized that, despite the love I felt for my family and home, I wanted to do something other than return home, work on the family farm, or work a 9-5 job. I wanted to pave my own way, so I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. While living in Atlanta, I worked two jobs, one as a Personal Training Assistant Manager, and another as a Construction Supply Salesman. After several months, I realized that I enjoyed neither and was eventually laid off during the economic downturn of 2008, an event for which I was ultimately thankful
Given a new opportunity to change the direction of my life, I began looking for work in a place that always felt like home, North Carolina. I found a new job in Charlotte as a machine shop worker at a materials testing company and married my college sweetheart shortly after moving. Over the next eleven years, I was promoted five times within the company, eventually becoming a multi-site Quality Manager. This new position offered many opportunities but it also became cumbersome, with a 50% travel schedule and the possibility of this travel time to gradually increase. This would have left little time to spend with my wife and children. My wife and I wanted our children to grow up in a similar fashion to how we were raised, so I realized, for the benefit of our family, a change needed to happen.
Since 2019, I have worked for a number of aerospace and engineering companies, eventually finding myself as the Director of Quality at a locally-owned general aviation manufacturer that has been located in Burlington and the surrounding area for over 30 years. In addition to advancing my career in aerospace, my wife and I took over ownership of a local bounce house rental business, a venture we are both excited to grow throughout Burlington and Alamance County.
These positions have provided me with the opportunity to travel throughout Burlington, and in doing so, I realized a change was needed in our city. I have been able to see and interact with many views and issues facing our community, driving home my decision to run for Burlington City Council.