I was born and raised in beautiful Pike County, Illinois. This lovely place is nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers in the west-central part of the state. It's very hilly and forested (in Illinois terms). This very rural, sparsely populated, outdoorsy place shaped my love for the outdoors.
I was also very blessed to have a great family that saw the importance of traveling the country and seeing its many beautiful sights. We took many vacations in our van and pop-up camper, visiting many amazing places from coast to coast.
After graduating from Barry High School, I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Horticulture. Then, I moved south to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, also majoring in Horticulture. Finally, I returned to Champaign to complete a PhD in Crop Sciences.
Back in high school, I started dating the love of my life. I knew she was one to hang on to, and luckily I was successful! We married in 2007 and have been on a wonderful journey ever since.
I am an Agronomist for Waypoint Analytical, the largest agricultural laboratory network in the country. With eight locations from coast to coast, I help out with agronomy and data issues for clients across the US. I'm the primary agronomist for the Midwest and Western regions of the country.
I currently live in Phoenix, AZ with my wonderful wife Katie and our spoiled Decker Rat Terrier named Rex.