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ABOUT ME IN A NUTSHELL
I became a real estate broker to make a difference in people's lives…it’s what I’ve done throughout my professional career. During my 40 years in the High Country, I’ve gained extensive experience both as a seller and buyer in dozens of real estate transactions. As a result, I know what it takes to make a transaction smooth and enjoyable from the beginning of the process to the end (and everything before and after!). Whether you’re buying or selling, know that I will help guide you at every turn. To me, it’s all about service.
I was in public service for 20 years and customer service for 17 years before coming to real estate. In those careers, I’ve provided exceptional service to thousands of people. I continue to offer that same level of service in my real estate practice.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! HERE'S WHAT SHAPED ME INTO WHAT I AM TODAY:
I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and early on developed a love for the Appalachian Mountains. I received a BS degree in Community Health Education from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Public Health—Administration degree from the world-renowned Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation, I worked with numerous public health agencies in Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
In 1988, my wife Mary and I bought a small retail business, Bare Essentials Natural Market in downtown Boone. We quadrupled the size of the operation in 1997 with a move to a new location. I assumed the responsibility of General Manager and Bare Essentials Natural Market became a community and business institution and resource. In 2016, we sold the business and have remained active in religious, non-profit and business communities in the High Country.
Mary and I have been married for 34 years. We’ve built four houses and remodeled one, all in the Aho Community. Our dog Izzie (aka Izzie Bella, Lil’ Stinker, Tasmanian Devil Dog, and Precious) is of undetermined pedigree, but she is likely a poodle/Jack Russell mix. She was rescued from the wild in Ashe County in 2015.
In my 40 years in Watauga County, I’ve served on Town of Boone committees and as a Board member of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, Board member and Chair of OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), Member and Past President of Boone Sunrise Rotary, Board member of Watauga Humane Society, member of An Appalachian Summer Festival Advisory Board, Board member of Watauga Community Foundation and Trustee of Boone United Methodist Church.