I’m a lifelong resident of Travelers Rest and Greenville County. I remember as a kid playing football in Gateway Park and running around at the playground at Travelers Rest Methodist. TR is my home, and I’m proud of it. After high school, I attended The Citadel where I studied Criminal Justice and Business. My wife, Maria, is also a lifelong Greenville girl from the Blue Ridge area. We got married in 2016 and currently have one beautiful daughter, Julia.
My grandfather first came to Greenville County in the 1950’s while stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base. In 1975, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to start a business here, creating a legacy of service and determination that lives to this day. My grandfather on my mother’s side was also a small business owner in Greenville, making me truly blessed to come from a family tree built on hard work. I was raised on the importance of an earned dollar and that nothing is truly free at an early age. Now, I operate my family business and aim to lead in the same way that my family’s legacy has taught me: remember the value of a dollar and that nothing is free.
Before working at my family business, I served at the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy. While serving in Law Enforcement, I learned how much our first responders do for us and how much our politicians should do for them. I saw firsthand the pressure these great men and women endure on a daily basis. I had the opportunity to feel the pressure of responding to high risk calls for service, or pulling a car over the in the dead of night with no backup. That real-world experience is an invaluable asset that I will bring to the Council.