In January, I was hired as the new Vice President for Advancement at the Mackinac Center. It is a pleasure to join a team of such committed professionals whose great desire is to make a positive impact on the future of Michigan.
Since 1988, I have closely followed the development of the Mackinac Center. Through the leadership and teachings of Larry Reed, Joe Lehman and Joe Overton, I have gained a richer understanding of the critical importance of creating sound public policy through free market principles. These men, along with many others at the Center, have significantly influenced my worldview, and I will always be indebted to them.
It is a privilege to continue the work of my predecessor, Justin Marshall. In December, he accepted a position at Northwood University. We are thankful that Justin continues to be a part of Midland and congratulate him on this new endeavor.
A Michigander by birth, I grew up in metro Detroit. I was fortunate to have parents who taught me the importance of hard work and personal responsibility. These basic tenets have become key foundational principles for my life.
I have had the privilege of leading four nonprofit organizations over a 22-year period. Through the raising of funds for these organizations, I have learned how important each contributor is to helping an organization fulfill its mission.
In 2007, I founded my own consulting business. Creating a profitable company in Michigan during trying economic times has been challenging but also very rewarding. It has given me a new appreciation for entrepreneurs and their importance to our economy.
Choice — this one word has influenced my life more than any other. I am thankful for the choices I have had as a result of living in a country where I have the opportunity to live freely. I desire the same for my children.
On a personal level, I am a family man. My wife, Julie, and I are raising our two children in Midland.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the months ahead. Thank you for supporting the Mackinac Center.