I was born and raised in the Central Valley – I lived in Turlock as a young child and my family relocated to Ripon when I was in the fourth grade. Both my parents come from Diary Farm families and growing up they instilled the value of hard work to me and my 3 younger siblings.
I was recruited by several colleges after a successful high school football career but ultimately chose to serve my country and join the US Navy. I had the honor of serving aboard the USS Sacramento AOE-1 and did two tours of duty in Asia during the Vietnam conflict. After the Military, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play football for Utah State.
I returned to the Central Valley shortly after ready to start a career. I met my wife, Connie, at my first sales job – I sold Appliances, TV’s, & Stereos for Kmart and later was promoted to the Appliance Department Manager.
Connie and I married in 1979 and in order to support a family, I decided to attain an insurance license. I began a career in the insurance world and eventually became the proud owner of an Allstate Insurance agency in Manteca. After 28 prosperous years, I sold the company to a larger agency in 2009.
My insurance agency was built in connection with many Realtors, as every house sold needed a policy to protect them. I decided to pursue a career in Real Estate – as it is much more fun to hand buyers a key to their new home or a nice check to sellers than explaining insurance premiums. My love and passion for helping others has only grown stronger as my career in Real Estate prospered.
In my spare time, I ride an Adventure Touring Bike – I have ridden motorcycles since I was 14 years old. I have been a member of the AMA (American Motorcycle Association for over 10 years. My farthest ride was to Salt Lake City, to the Miller Sports Park on Memorial Day to watch the World Superbike Race. I enjoy fishing in the mountain streams and lakes, target practicing and shooting clay pigeons at the Escalon Sportsman Club.
As a proud and active resident of this community – I am a member of the Morning Rotary Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ripon Grace Church. I also volunteer for Interfaith Ministries by handing out food and clothing to the needy each month.