I grew up in Rochester Hills, graduating from Rochester Adams High School. I graduated from the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. In both high school and college, I was involved with student government.
After interning at the State Capitol in Lansing during my time at Michigan State, I began a nine-year career in State Government. I worked in three branches of government: House of Representatives, State Senate and Governor (for John Engler). In addition to my work with Governor Engler, I also worked for State Senator Nancy Cassis, Speaker of the House Rick Johnson and State Representative John Proos. My most recent job in State Government was to serve as the Chief of Staff for State Representative Marty Knollenberg from Oakland County.
In 2006 I graduated from the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University after being awarded a fellowship.
Currently I serve in two different positions that I am proud of. For the past five years I have served on the Rochester Hills City Council as an at-large (elected city wide) member. For the second year in a row, I have been elected by my peers to serve as the Vice President of the City Council. I have had the opportunity to work on numerous issues for the betterment of our community. I am particularly proud that our city has been able to solve our Police funding issue for the next decade. Our city has moved toward a multiple year budget and also developed a successful waste management/recycling program.
I also serve as an Insurance Agent with Nickel & Saph, Inc., based in Mount Clemens, for the past two years. In this role, I work with clients in both the private and public sector with a focus on risk management and best practices. Our agency insures over 40 municipal accounts ranging from counties and large cities to smaller townships and villages. The agency has been in existence since 1929.
In 2013, I will serve as the 58th President of the Rochester Area Junior Chamber (Jaycees). The Jaycees have a long tradition of service to the community. Since 1958, the organization has provided young adults in the Greater Rochester Area with leadership training, promoting the welfare of the community and its citizens through service projects. Some annual projects include assembling and delivering Easter baskets for area seniors, children's safety school, the haunted house in Rochester Municipal Park, and the Christmas Shopping Tour for disadvantaged children.
Through the Jaycees, I have worked with many charitable organizations within the community such as Rochester Neighborhood House and Rochester Community House. In addition to my role with the Jaycees, I serve on the Older Persons' Commission Governing Board and also serve as Chair of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.
Oakland County Involvement
As some one who grew up in Oakland County and graduated from high school in the county, I have tried to be an active participant and have tried to give back. After working for nine years in Michigan State Government, I decided to use that government experience to run for City Council in my home town - Rochester Hills. I was able to use my understanding of governmental budgets and dealing with complex policy issues to help my community stand out in Oakland County as a leader in job retention and growth.
In addition to my duties on the City Council as vice president, I also participate in the county in other ways. Through my work with the Rochester Area Junior Chamber and the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce I have participated in many community service projects and activities to promote Oakland County. Each year I have participated with my wife in the Brooksie Way 5K event that starts at Oakland University. I participate politically in my county as a member of the Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee. As a member of the Older Persons' Commission Governing Board, I work with seniors in our community.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.