Building a greater Lakeland, together.
"If you want the same government we've always had, vote for the same sort of candiate that runs every term. If you are looking for something new, something exciting and a vision for an even better Lakeland, consider electing me your next Mayor."
There is no greater influence on my life than a love of service. My grandfather was a decorated war veteran and my father an accomplished member of the United States Secret Service, both men taught me the honor in serving others. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Criminology, I began a career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in their Detention Division. After several years, I moved from detention to law enforcement and took as position with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, proudly serving under Sheriff Grady Judd. I had the privilege of serving in the capacities of patrol deputy, K9 handler, narcotics detective and crisis negotiator during my career. In 2010, I was awarded a Medal of Valor and in 2011 I was awarded a Sheriff’s commendation.
In 2012, I made the decision to pursue my dream of owning my own small business. Currently, my wife, Melissa, and I own and operate the Once Upon a Child store in North Lakeland. Over the years we have been blessed to work with some extraordinary people and to have the opportunity to create jobs in this city. We have received Gold Standard recognition for our store among other Once Upon A Child locations and we have been awarded Best of the Best Consignment Store by the Lakeland Ledger in 2016 and again in 2017.
My wife, two children and me are so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had living and working in Lakeland. It is this very gratitude and desire to help others that I decided to run for office in 2017. Aside from my family, there is no greater reward than helping those around me.It is a part of who I am and it is what I love to do. Given the opportunity to serve as your mayor, I will continue the tradition of service that has defined myself and my family for generations.