I grew up in a rural area outside of Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!) and lived there through my early twenties in a small town on the Erie Canal.
I decided I wanted more from life, so I enlisted into the United States Air Force as a signals intelligence analyst. Basic training took place at Lackland AFB where I was an honor graduate (top 10% academic performance and physical fitness). My military career took me through various states for training, then to South Korea, and finally Northern California where I finished my career and received an honorable discharge.
After the military I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems using my GI Bill. I was a full time student, full time worker, full time dad and graduated on schedule from Augusta University in Georgia. I spent several years working in South Korea and simultaneously completed an MBA in International Business before moving to Erie in 2019 to assume a Program Manager position. In have worn many hats; I managed several new programs, as well as internal research and development programs worth over 4 million dollars a year. Additionally, I was an engineering department manager leading a talented and diverse team of 20+. I have experience developing winning government proposals. Currently I am a business development executive at a small business, serve as a board member on the Erie Historic Preservation Advisory Board and also the board of directors of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America.
I met my wife Stella while working in South Korea. Together we are raising our three sons, Evan, Warren and Reagan.
Effective leaders are cognizant of the fact that there is no one size fits all approach to leadership. In my day to day management role I realize different situations call for different approaches.
I focus on being an enabling force to let people do what they need to do by cutting through the red tape, resolving obstacles and ensuring the job gets done. Communication is vital to being a successful leader and have spent many years honing these skills in a variety of situations, from military service, to life abroad and every day work. Very rarely is micromanagement a good thing unless you have a project that is significantly off on budget and schedule. I have the right experience and background that our town needs for future growth and prosperity.
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems – Augusta University
Master of Business Administration, International Business – SUNY Empire State College