When and where were you initiated?
Alpha-Iota, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, January 7, 2001.
How did you get involved with Epsilon-Upsilon?
I received a call from the DGM in December 2007. He asked that I get involved as AA because the chapter needed help. I declined and told him that a local Alumni is better suited for the role. He called back in the summer of 2008 and asked again, this time with an email from HQ asking for my assistance. I told both parties I would reconsider on one condition, that the DGM get local Alumni approval. He called back a few weeks later and said he spoke with the EY Alumni and they approve...Turns out the guy never called anyone; I've been up to my elbows in it ever since.
Why do you volunteer?
The Fraternity means a lot to me and has provided me some great opportunities in my development and career goals. I feel the need to give back to repay my debts. The Fraternity offered me the opportunity to have great friends, meet my wife, my first job out of college, and the opportunities that still come my way because of the Fraternity.
Wildest memory from the Fraternity?
It's a tough decision between beer slides, intramural softball, and the night I rolled my 2-door Tahoe during Pledge Review Board #3. Luckily Josh had just gotten off the roof racks before our final trip down the mountain. I am lucky someone didn't die. But I drove that bad boy back up the mountain hood crumpled, roof collapsed, and gas leaking. My dad was not happy when he had to come find me the next morning with a 4-wheel drive tow truck.
What kind of Business?
Individual Benefits, Employer Benefits, and HR Consulting
Why do you do what you do?
I like solving problems and helping people. This industry is constantly changing and you have to be on your toes to keep up with it. I enjoy the challenge it brings.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I don't think I have had my greatest accomplishment yet. There have been several accomplishments from my first job out of college to what I am doing now. All are measured in different ways.
What was your first job?
My first real job was in the summer when I was 16. I worked for Park Maintenance for the Parks and Recreation Department in my hometown of Athens, TN. (I didn't get the lifeguard job) Turns out it was the best job any 16 year old could have; I got to drag and line baseball and soccer fields. When I got done with that duty I got to ride around on a tractor bush hogging the fields in the Park. It was perfect!
What is the best advice you've ever received?
There are two things my dad always told me.
- Do something your passionate about. If you're unhappy at work, find a new job. Life is too short to be miserable.
- You have to get out of your comfort zone to be successful.
If you could have any job other than your own, what would it be?
I would like to be fishing guide or run a marina. Being on the water is the most peaceful feeling.
What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you've overcome?
Taking a blind leap of faith and moving away from my family to Texas 4 years ago. Looking back at the decision now it was a no brainer.
If you started over, what would you do differently?
I am not sure if there is anything I would do differently. I have gained experiences from all the chances I have taken, some good and some bad. I moved to TX with only visiting once (the job interview) and am now married to my wife who is from Gainesville, TX. It's weird how things work out.
What is your prescription for life?
Smile, be happy, and surround yourself with good people.
What book are you currently reading?
Water for Elephants
What do you do to unwind?
I really enjoy working and piddling in the yard.
What is the most expensive purchase you've made for yourself?
What is your favorite weekend activity?
Relaxing with friends, playing with our dogs, boating with Bowman, or catching a TN Vols game.
What's your theme song?
"We rode in trucks" By Luke Bryan
What is your favorite gadget?
We recently inherited my wife's great-grandmothers cabinet record player.
What is something that you can't live without?
Beer and whiskey!!