I've lived in Ward 5 since moving to Columbia more than 10 years ago. We have put down roots in Columbia, enjoyed its warm and open embrace and developed a network of hopefully life-long relationships.
Like many of you, we stay because we recognize what has made Columbia special: its sense of community, quality of life, economic opportunity, strong public schools and deep appreciation of the importance of arts and culture in everyday life.
My wife and I and our two children (at Jefferson Middle School and Lee Expressive Arts Elementary) enjoy being part of that community every day.
In my professional life, I am a portfolio manager at one of Columbia's major employers, Shelter Insurance. I serve on the city's Police Retirement Board, which safeguards police officers' pensions. I am also the finance chair and serve on the executive committee of the board of the Missouri Humanities Council.