“I am a local business man in the Karns area. I believe the government should be run like a business, with accountability and integrity.” While I served Knoxville as a State representative, I always tried to remember these values when I voted.
I was born the fifth child in a military family. My family was reassigned to numerous places, and when my father retired from the Army in 1972 we relocated to Houston, TX. After high school, I graduated from The University of Houston with a degree in Business Administration and History Education. I also have earned a lifetime teaching degree from the State of Texas.
I began my career in 1988 with Farmers Insurance as a claims adjuster and I later moved into Commercial management supervising 5 offices across the state of Texas. In 1996, I moved to Knoxville, TN to manage a claims office. I was later awarded the opportunity to become an agency owner in 1999.
In 2007 I became an educator with Kaplan Financial. Since 2007 I have trained over 3,000 agents and customer service representatives to become insurance agents in the state of Tennessee and Georgia.
I have been elected the president of the Greater Karns Business Association twice. I have hosted the Karns Fair from 2003 to 2015. I have also been a member of the Karns High School Foundation working to raise private funds to improve education and the Karns Volunteer Fire Department board.
I have coordinated numerous beautification projects and trash pick-ups around the Karns community to help make Karns a better place to live.