I am a second-generation Arizona native, and have been an AES life member since about 2012. I am a life-long hunter, fisherman, camper and outdoor conservationist. I worked over thirty-four years of my career in aircraft maintenance while assigned full-time to the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After retiring, I worked both gun counters at the brand new Bass Pro Shops in Mesa for fourteen months. Following that, I was employed as an aerospace technical writer for 5 years in Phoenix. I am currently retired. I have also been a member of the AES Catchment Repair Squad for the last several years, and have also helped with other projects including: Slate Lakes, International Sportsmen’s Expo, the Elk Clinics, Wild in the City, etc. I served on the Board of Directors for the Camp Navajo Natural Resources for 6 years.
I have been a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation since 1986 and I am a current member of the NRA. I have earned the Distinguished Rifleman’s “Gold” Badge through competitive marksmanship at the national level. I am also a former Eagle Scout. I live in Chandler with my wife Caren of thirty-nine years. We have 2 grown children, and 1 granddaughter, Emma, who has also helped out on several AES projects.
I have an intense love for Arizona’s mountains, forests and wildlife, but a special passion for our elk. I have bow-hunted Arizona elk for the past thirty-four years. It is imperative that we continue to safeguard our elk, conserve their habitat and ensure that our next generation will be able to do the same. I believe that the Arizona Elk Society is striving toward these same goals, and will have the best success with a rapidly growing, active membership and a continued focus on the education of our youth, as well as the public.