I was born in suburban Cleveland not far from the shadows of Ford & Chevy plants. My mom was a sales manager and my dad a printer. As a boy I played a variety of sports, but hockey was my first love. I attended Kent State to play hockey and study interior design. Neither worked out for me, but through this turbulence I found Phi Delta Theta. It became my new locker room and my brothers exceeded even the highest expectations I ever had of any teammates.
After a lot of fun and a degree in business (with minor in psych), I joined the GHQ staff as a Chapter Consultant (now Leadership Consultant). After a brief time “on the road” I was promoted to Director of Chapter Services. I loved the job. But, I also met a southern belle named Heather who eschewed the warmth of the south for far too long while getting a graduate degree from Ohio State. So, with little money in the bank and a heart filled with love I moved south to Atlanta to follow her. No job. Just hope.
I got into advertising and renewed my formal relationship with Phi Delta Theta. Both have provided me great happiness and fulfillment. I became Province President and then Education Commissioner for Phi Delt. Along the way, Heather and I married. We have two cool daughters – we call them Chickens – named Austin & Reese. I ran for General Council for the first time in 2006 and am now in my fifth term and serve as President. For me, fun is cheering on my wife’s University of Tennessee Volunteers, playing golf and getting the Chickens out on our boat. Volunteering for my beloved Phi Delta Theta is pretty awesome too.
What Makes Phi Delta Theta Great?
What makes Phi Delt great? We’re a courageous and inventive organization who doesn’t sit around and bask in our own success. We’ve got a lot to be proud of but we’re never satisfied. I want each undergraduate and alumni experience to be the best it can be. With the help and support of the world’s finest fraternity volunteer and staff corps behind them.