About Me

“Home…for a scouting professional…is where the BSA sends you.” …author unknown

I was born in Lubbock, Texas, the oldest of 4. Mom was a junior high coach and teacher. Dad was a draftsman with the state highway department and ran a small concrete business. In school, I excelled at math, science, and orchestra. I mowed yards and cleaned up concrete worksites for cash for gas for the motorcycle that I shared with my brother. On weekends I was either out on a scout campout or in a bowling tournament.

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My brother Jeff and I on a Pack Meeting night

I joined Scouting several decades ago when my parents took me to a Cub Scout meeting, and have been an active youth member or volunteer in some capacity across 8 districts in 4 states. Mom was a Den Mother for a year and Dad served as Pack Committee Chairman for a couple of years. I achieved Arrow-of-Light and bridged to Troop 157.

Troop 157 in Lubbock was a huge operation, rarely supportive of the council. We dominated competitive camporees, and ran our own summer camp. When I was Senior Patrol Leader, we had over 100 scouts. During college I applied my experience working at a council camp to better organize and enhance Troop 157’s summer camp.

We lived in the same house in Lubbock from the time I was two-years-old until the summer after my junior of high school when we moved 300 miles east to Colleyville, Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth area). My interests turned to trying out for the basketball team and working part-time at a retail discount store as well as at my uncle’s dry cleaners to fund the fumes (gasoline and perfume). I went to work at the BSA’s Worth Ranch summer camp the day after high school graduation.

I returned to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University, and changed my major from Petroleum Engineering to Business Management because I wanted to be a BSA professional…due to my experience working camp and two recent Philmont treks with my scouting family (see two of the “Scouting Around” columns I wrote for the Plainview Daily Herald Scouting Around-June 28, 1987-PDH Scouting Around-July 5, 1987-PDH ).

I pledged Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (originally founded for scouts) and served in many roles including chapter president and section chairman for west Texas and New Mexico. I worked almost fulltime for over 3 years at the same local dry cleaner to pay my way through school.

When I graduated college, the South Plains Council offered me a district 60 miles north or the district of my old troop. I selected the new adventure in Plainview. My old troop was surprised I would go to work for the council, but there was a remarkable change in their attitude and level of council support shortly after my employment. I served parts of 6 rural counties for three years, and married Melody eight months into that assignment. We moved to Farmington, Missouri, for a Senior District Executive position serving 5 rural counties for the St. Louis Area Council. In less than two years, I was promoted to “Senior District Executive Multiple-Person” and moved to a suburb of St. Louis serving an urban and suburban district with 5000 scouts for three years.

With two small children, we had a desire to be around family, so I landed a position at the BSA National Office in Texas as a National Sales Representative with Supply Division. I served accounts in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. A year later I was promoted to Buyer for crafts, flags, and awards. Two years later, I was promoted to Senior Buyer for apparel and insignia, and moved to South Carolina. Then just 6 months later I was promoted to Assistant Division Director for Merchandising and Manufacturing.

After 3 years of successfully managing merchandise and profitability, I was moved to the position of Assistant Division Director for Sales/Planning & Development and gave leadership to a significant change in accountability resulting in record growth on all fronts. After four years I was elevated to Division Director with added responsibilities for custom design, licensing, and e-commerce.

The last four years I have served as the Director for Supply Business Development, giving leadership to many unique projects, as well as our licensing team. A significant portion of my time over the last two years has been spent preparing the food operations for recent Jamborees which included substantial adjustments for The Summit versus our longtime home at Fort A.P. Hill. I can honestly say that no two days are the same for me.

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UK Scouts and I at a World Jamboree Planning meeting at the Baden-Powell House in London

Traveling over 100 nights annually for 15 years plus being an active scouting volunteer doesn’t leave much time for hobbies, but I do enjoy playing golf and watching football. I can say that I have been to 48 states, plus Puerto Rico, Chile, Singapore, Thailand, France, and England representing the BSA. I have been a Scout since I was of age to join, and on my honor I will continue to serve with integrity and an abundance of Scout spirit.

 

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