I am graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. My wife, Frances and I have been Overland Park residents for more than 45 years. We have two adult daughters who both attended Blue Valley Schools. Our grandson is a 2nd grader at Heartland Elementary.
After seven years as a member of the Planning Commission, I was elected to the City Council in April 2001 and re-elected in April 2005, 2009 and 2013. I have served as Council President. During my tenure on the Planning Commission, I served as Chairman (1998-99), and as a member of the Site Plan Review Committee, Master Plan Committee, Ordinance Review Committee, Residential Streets Committee, Blue Valley Urban Fringe Study Committee, and the Infill and Redevelopment Guidelines Committee. I am a past member of the Public Safety Committee.
I served eight years on the Johnson County Library Board of Directors and was chairman three times. I am a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-America Regional Council where I served on the Budget and Personnel Committee. I am a past member of the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Johnson County. I am also the current President of the Overland Park Development Corporation. I am an active member of the Overland Park Rotary Club, having served this group as President from 2003-04. I am also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Overland Park Rotary Club Foundation. I have been recognized by my Rotary Club with three Paul Harris Fellowships as well as the Club's 2008 Distinguished Service Award.