The grandson of a former Mayor, I grew up on a farm in Chesapeake, Virginia where we raised corn, wheat, and soy beans. Following high school, I went on to Old Dominion University where I earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and later a Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering. As a lover of Chesapeake, I returned home following college and now reside in the Grassfield area and commute to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility where I am a Cryogenics Engineer. In addition to being a State-licensed Professional Engineer, I also manage a small engineering consulting business. My lifelong adoration for Chesapeake, lead me to become a member of the Historic Preservation Commission as well as the Historical and Architectural Review Board, where I fight daily to recognize, preserve, and commemorate the distinct cultures and heritage of my hometown. I also serve as the Vice-President of Get Smart of Chesapeake, an after school mentoring program based out of Oscar Smith High. When not volunteering, my wife Amy and I enjoy spending time with our families, our dogs, and each other.