I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI with my parents and younger sisters. Growing up lower, middle class – money wasn’t always easy to come by. However, this upbringing did instill a couple of principles in me that I still value highly today. Spending many days of my childhood summers throwing newspapers and fixing cars with my grandpa, the value of a hard day’s work has never been lost on me.
Another principle I learned growing up in a small West Michigan town was to always treat others as you’d want to be treated. Sounds simple, but in a hometown where “your parents knew if you’d been acting up before you even got home”, this was ingrained at an early age. I still value this principle and strive to run my business with it in mind.
Sports was a big part of my life growing up. As a young kid I spent my childhood traveling and playing on a select soccer team. Although I had a successful high school career in soccer, my college soccer career started at a tiny private college, Davenport University. There I went from non-existent on the depth chart to consetiant starter by the time I finished up. While battling for a starting spot, I learned a lot of life lessons. The most important one being…
You can always improve because if you’re not, someone else is and soon you will be replaced.
When not working, you can find me enjoying time with my family at our home. I’m blessed to have met the woman I was meant to spend the rest of my life with while still in high school. Brittany, she easily has the more challenging career between us as she spends her days at home with our newborn child; Talan and our dog; Kobe(no easy task!). Brittany also stays busy by being a youth group leader at our local church. She works with 12 amazing girls that she is helping them through middle and high school.
For my hobbies, I enjoy staying spending time outdoors (when I can) doing such things at, mowing the lawn, playing golf, and spending the summer by the pool and winters on the slopes snowboarding!
Some other things about myself…
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite movie: To laugh… Caddy Shack. To be entertained… Fast in the Furious. To be moved… Collateral Beauty. Chick Flick…Crazy, Stupid, Love
Hidden talent: Secretly good at video games…
If I could meet anyone, past or present, it would be: Elon Musk
What motivates Me: Empowering others to do and experience what they fear to commit to. I want to make a difference!
The place I would most like to visit: Sicily.
Favorite book: Linchpin: Are you Indispensable by Seth Godin
Something on my bucket list: Drive Hwy one north to south in a Lamborghini.
Biggest accomplishment: One amazing kid and marrying the woman of my dreams.