Since 2006, I’ve lived in Blairstown with my wife of 26 years, Patti, and my two sons, Henry and Lucas. We moved to this community in order to achieve our lifelong dream of owning a flower farm. We call it “Little Big Farm,” because while it’s a “Little” farm at just over five acres, it’s “Big” in terms of the work that it took to restore it and maintain it. The farm is the first one on the right on Heller Hill Road, after you make the turn off County Route 521. I think the farm embodies a great deal of what our family values – hard work, persistence, and a desire to create works of quality and value.
When I’m not helping my wife on the farm, I work for a large telecommunications company as an operations manager. I work on many of the fundamental activities of a large multinational corporation: planning and analysis, budgeting, organizational development, and communications. Prior to my current role, I have worked in key industries including, real estate, water utility, mortgage brokerage and the U.S. military.
I have to say that no job has shaped my professional DNA and ideas of leadership more than my service in the U.S. Army. I joined the Army ROTC program at Rutgers University and had many incredibly formative experiences in basic training, Airborne School, and at the Officer Basic Course. I served on active duty for several years before heading back to the private sector as the country looked to capitalize on the “peace dividend” after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Then 9-11 hit and the Global War on Terror began. As a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, I was recalled to active duty to serve as an intelligence officer at Central Command Headquarters in Tampa during the combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
When you are a cadet, you are taught that nothing matters more than “Duty, Honor, Country.” To this day, that philosophy still deeply resonates within me and so many that I have served alongside with. In essence, I am running for committee to serve my country, because service starts at home. I feel my life experiences have prepared me well for the responsibilities of a committee member: listen to others, assess the situation, weigh the options, and execute a plan. Given the opportunity, I will do all that I can to help Blairstown be the best it can be.