I spent my childhood in the small southeast Missouri town of Farmington. My parents moved to that area when I was 6 months old, and Farmington became home to me until graduating high school 18 years later.
I was fortunate to grow up in a household with my mother, father, and one older sister. My father spent most of his professional career helping neglected and/or abused children. Most of my childhood he worked at a children’s home in Farmington. My mother was a stay-at-home mom who worked extremely hard. My parents also refurbished homes occasionally, had rental property, and owned other businesses. Working hard was a way of life, but so was time with family.
The majority of my youth was spent outside. I’ve always preferred to be outdoors, especially when the weather is warm. A lot of time was spent playing with my neighborhood friends. Football, baseball, basketball, wiffle ball, riding bikes, etc. This was back in the day when kids roamed the neighborhood freely and simply had to be home by dinner or when it got dark. At least this is how it was in the rural area I grew up in.
At age 8 I started playing competitive baseball and in the fifth grade I started playing competitive basketball. I played baseball and basketball through high school but my real love revolved around baseball. From early childhood I played middle infield (2nd base or shortstop). During that time, Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr were playing middle infield for the Cardinals so I spent a lot of time dreaming of being like them. I’ve always thrived on competition and I enjoy working with teammates.
While I truly enjoyed the game of baseball, I experienced “burnout” my senior year of high school and elected not to play in college. I was ready for the independence of college. I chose to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and in my sophomore year elected to declare a business major.
In the middle of my sophomore year I also met my wife Julie. We were set up on a blind date to one of her sorority dances. The rest is history. We got married in 1994 and have three beautiful daughters today.
After working for a couple different corporations in sales related roles, I chose to start my own business in 1998. Julie and I moved from Willard, MO to Holts Summit, MO in 1999. We still live in Holts Summit today.
Life in central Missouri has been good to us and provided for a great place to raise our family.
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