I was born in Plainwell, Michigan and grew up in Kalamazoo Township. My parents raised me to be honest and respectful, have good values, and always do good things for other people.
I started working at the age of 15 for Kalamazoo Elks Club and continued to work for area business throughout my youth. I started my first business in 1977 in Kalamazoo County and I have been self-employed ever since. My wife Catherine and I met while we were attending Kalamazoo Central High School. After Graduating, Catherine and I were married in 1979 and we went on to have 3 children, Angela, Kevin and Matthew. I worked hard to support my family while Catherine stayed home to raise our children, all which attended and graduated from Comstock Public Schools.
The life of public service has surrounded me since my childhood. My father served in the United States Navy, became a Sergeant for the Kalamazoo City Police Department, and continued serving as a Kalamazoo County Commissioner for 12 years after his retirement in 1973.
In 1977, I joined the Kalamazoo Township Fire Department along with serving on the Board of the Eastwood Fire Association. I quickly climbed the ranks from Lieutenant up to my current position serving as Captain. In addition, I served as an acting lieutenant on the Comstock Fire Department for 19 years.
I joined the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Reserve Division in 1979 and served through 1984. From there, I joined the Kalamazoo Township Police Reserve Division and served for another decade until 1994.
In 2008 to 2012, I was elected to serve on the Comstock Charter Township Board as Trustee while also representing Comstock Township on the Board of Directors for the Kalamazoo Area Building Authority.
In 2009 my wife and I served on the committee for Comstock Daze, a family fun day for the community which all proceeds went to the Great Lakes Burn Camp. A great cause helping children suffering with burns. In 2012, however, Comstock Daze was disbanded, which brought an end to this fundraiser in Comstock. Determined to continue to help the children, in 2012 my wife and I partnered with the Texas Corral to continue fundraising for the Camp. Since 2012, we have hosted the fundraiser annually with several community members at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.
Throughout my life there have been times when things were great and other times I faced challenges. One important thing I have learned is that to never give up and keep pushing forward and success would follow. My lifetime goal has been to provide service to the community. As your Township Supervisor, I will work hard through good times and bad to keep Comstock moving forward in a positive direction.