Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Illinois, I graduated from Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, Ill., in 1971. I met my future wife there, and we were married in 1972, celebrating our 40th anniversary this spring.
After high school, I served a four year electrician's apprenticeship in Rockford, Ill., and I became a journeyman electrician in 1978. Later in 1978, we moved with our two children to the Highland area, and our third child was born here. All three children graduated from HHS, and we have two grandsons currently attending HHS.
For the first ten years here in Arkansas, I worked as a commercial electrician.
While working with Cushman Electric, I was electrical foreman on thirteen school additions in the area, including a 65,000 sq. ft. new high school at Mountain View, and worked with the architects, engineers, superintendents and school board members.
In 1988, I opened the Flat Creek Dulcimer Shop on Main Street in Hardy, and we have been in the same place for more than 23 years.
In 1994, we started marketing our instruments through a wholesaler in North Carolina, and have our instruments in retail shops all over the United States and two stores in England.
In 2000, I added a laser engraver and have been making trophies, plaques, nametags and many other engraving projects for local businesses and individuals.
I have been president of the Hardy Merchants Association for two years, vice president for one year and treasurer for two years.
I have also served on the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce for three years and the Main Street Hardy board for three years.
I am on the Highland Planning and Zoning Commission (2007-present).
I am not a politician. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, a business owner and a concerned citizen of the Highland School District.
I have worked with budgets, committees and individuals, blueprints and construction projects, and would like the opportunity to represent you on the Highland School Board. I believe that together we should support our teachers, principals and staff, support the arts and vocational education, and strive for academic excellence.
Any registered voter in the Highland School District is eligible to vote on Sept. 18, with early voting at the Sharp County courthouse beginning Sept. 10. I would appreciate your vote.