I grew up in the small Nebraska town of Ogallala, which is a farming community. My parents were school teachers. I served for eight years in the Nebraska Army National Guide. I learned from my childhood the value of hard work and the passion to serve and teach others.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration / Accounting. With that education, I entered the financial services world via banking. After several years in the banking industry, I wanted to pursue a financial profession that was more centered on an ongoing relationship, something beyond 1-2 touches. I wanted to do financial planning for “Life” — i.e., Life Planning. Following several years of learning from a reputable financial planning firm — Luthern Brotherhood / Thrivent — I became independent. I was able to have my own platform to work with and serve people.
I married late in life and my wife and I wanted to care for children. We both were drawn to adoption, to take care of children who need home, who need a strong set of loving parents. Our dream came true in 2015 when my wife Aimee and I adopted two brothers, Brian & Jayden, ages 5 and 3 respectively at that time. We literally received a call and in two days brought Brian & Jayden into our home. I was blessed with another opportunity to serve and give to others, in this case two beautiful boys from foster care.
I love being a Dad and “big boy” with my boys, so we do lots of hunting, fishing, and outdoor stuff. I enjoy running and half completed two full marathons and 12 half-marathons. I am an avid Cornhusker fan. I am active in my church. Aimee and I love to travel to large cities (e.g., New York, Washington, D.C.). I am a fan of Italian food, country music (and country dancing!), Star Wars and motorcycles.