I was born and raised in a loving home in Paducah, KY. My parents were excellent role models of how to balance both work and home. My father served in the military and later owned and managed an auto parts business that employed several people. Both of my grandfathers also served in the military during WWII, one later owning his own business and the other becoming a firefighter. As far as my education and professional experience is concerned, I studied communication at Southeast Missouri State University.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I earned a master’s degree from Florida State University. A career opportunity as a Creative Director of a marketing firm relocated me back to Missouri. While there, I reconnected with my alma mater and professors, who encouraged me to teach a class. That opportunity turned into becoming an adjunct faculty member online, as well as on campus.
When I moved to Las Vegas, I continued to teach for a number of academic institutions. For four years, I taught as a full-time faculty member, and then served as an Academic Director/Chair at a private college for five years. During my time as an Academic Director, I earned my Doctorate in Business Administration. I have published a book on success in college and another is in production. My wife, Abby, and I moved to Nevada in 2007 to formally begin our life together. We were married in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace 10 years ago. Abby has been an elementary school teacher for fourteen years. We are the proud parents of twin boys who are in the 2nd grade.
In 2016 I ran for Regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education and won against an incumbent who was vice-chairman of the board. I am one of the few elected officials in the country to run without campaign fundraising and very little expenditures (and win). I am proud to serve my state as a Regent and I believe I have made great progress on the board.