I was born in 1957 and moved to Conway County when I was just five years old. I grew up on the farm on Highway 287 and then on Church St in Morrilton, along with my other brothers and sisters. I graduated in the Class of ‘75 at Morrilton High School and am a proud lifelong Devil Dog. After high school, I attended Arkansas Tech, receiving my B.S. in Agribusiness, and then my M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas.
After schooling my real education began with a long career in Agricultural and Rural finance which also led to rural economic development and countless other connected issues. I worked in several roles in the Farm Credit System (Farm Credit, Federal land Bank and PCA.) After I left FCS, I continued to serve on two boards, FCS Western AR HQ in Russellville (serving the 65th District) and then AgriBank based in St. Paul MN serving 17 states across the Midwest and mid -South.
I had the pleasure of working in leadership roles for the two Arkansas based powerhouse development organizations, Winrock International and Heifer International from 1994 to 2019. During this time, I led the Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Development programs in Arkansas, the United States, and across the developing world. This included work on policy, democracy and governance regardless of location and conditions, and discussions with policy makers at all levels. I recently retired from Heifer International, and am looking for a new way to serve. I live on Petit Jean Mountain with my wife of 24 years, Vivian, and have two daughters, Beth, 23, and Anna, 21.