College: 2000 from Butler County Community College, attended Kansas State University from 2001-2005
Internships: Jay Russell Communities and Land Developing
Hometown Area: Rose Hill, Ks / Wichita, Ks
Awards/Accomplishments: My company I owned in Wichita was mentioned in a magazine called “The Summit” They interviewed myself and a customer of mine about a large residential project I designed and installed. It was an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, patio, bar, mini refrigerator and a TV. The journalist was intrigued about how much money families were spending in their backyards. It was one of the first times the word “Staycation.” Had ever been used.
Family / Interests / Hobbies: My parents are very much involved in my life. They have been married for 41 years this year. I have 4 nieces, 1 nephew, 1 great nephew and 1 great niece. I have a girlfriend, who I think is beautiful and wonder why she puts up with me!!
I enjoy fishing, camping, sporting events, and traveling.
I am playing in an adult baseball league this summer. I tried out in March and made the team. I played 1 year at Butler County Community College before tearing my rotator cuff. I had a couple of surgeries since then and My arm feels brand new.
My favorite thing about Landscaping / Designing / Outdoors: I love seeing a design come together. The whole process from the initial consultation, to seeing how much my clients enjoying it many years later!
My Inspiration: My family has always been my biggest supporter. We (my family) spent a lot of time outside. Either working in the yard or the lake. Nature itself inspires me. I am the happiest when I am outside enjoying the weather, playing in the dirt
My favorite landscape style: Colorado, native
Inspirational Quotes: N/A
Valuable design lesson: Have patience with your crews, customers, mother nature and yourself. I have learned a lot over the past 15 years, but the main advice I could give anyone, Be patient
My ideal outdoor space: A covered patio with a complete outdoor kitchen, Large fireplace, full-service bar, built in TVS, misting system, weatherproof pool table, and some type of water feature directly in the middle of the covered patio.