I was born in Lexington, Kentucky but I am very much a Virginia boy. My father is a United Methodist pastor for the UMC Virginia Conference, so we moved around a lot growing up. We finally got a chance to settle down some when we moved to Sterling, Virginia my freshman year of high school. We lived there for 11 years, so if you ask me where I’m from, I’ll tell you I’m from “NoVa” (Northern Virginia). I graduated from Old Dominion University in 2012 where I got my BS in Communications. While getting my degree I had the privilege to be a student-athlete playing football for ODU’s first ever football program. I originally was a walk-on to the team but I fought my way into a starting spot on the Offensive Line, earned a full scholarship, and was a 4 year starter. By the end of my senior year we won our conference championship, was ranked 4th overall in the country, and became the winningest start-up football program in college football history.
After college, I got my start in conference services working as the Conference Coordinator for Aramark at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus. HHMI's Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue biology's most challenging problems in a distinctly innovative and collaborative atmosphere. At Janelia I coordinated and helped with planning all the conferences there where all of the top scientists in the biological field would come to share their research and collaborate on experiments and studies. I then made my way to Topgolf (Virginia Beach) where I was involved with their events team where we execute events such as birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, etc.
In a nutshell, you could say I’m a Renaissance man. I’m a huge football fan. I eat, live, and breath football especially the NFL. As a hobby, I write and run a podcast for a fan-made website that covers the Washington Redskins (who is my favorite team). I also am a huge pop-culture nerd. I can talk movies, television, or video games all day. My mother is a chorus teacher and raised me to have a deep appreciation for music. I sing and also have knack for voice impersonations.
The Outer Banks in North Carolina. It’s a beautiful beach and my family has gone there every year since I was a kid. The dream is to one day retire to there.
“Do or do not. There is no try…” –Jedi Master Yoda