Iwas born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. I first moved to Lafayette in 2001 to attend UL. After graduating in 2006 with a degree in Business (Marketing), I moved to Huntsville, TX to work full-time with Chi Alpha campus ministry at Sam Houston State University. After two years, I moved on to Human Resources with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Due to budget cuts, I was laid off in 2011. At that point, I was at a crossroads in my life. It was like being a free agent. I was either going to move to Houston, somewhere along the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin, or to Lafayette. Lafayette won out because I wanted to be closer to family. I worked at Bruce Foods in Cade upon my return to Acadiana. I was there from 2011 to 2014, when I began working for UL. UL has afforded me the opportunity to study for my MBA, which I will earn in December. I’ve also been able to become an Advisor for Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. As far as hobbies, family comes first. I love spending time with my wife and son. I enjoy sharing life with others and getting to know new people. It energizes me to sit over a cup of coffee and talk to someone about goals and vision. After earning my MBA, I want to teach college level courses at UL and possibly SLCC. I desire to leave a positive legacy.
My desire is to make a positive difference in my community. I’ve lived in Lafayette twice, as a student from 2001-2006 and as a young professional from 2011 to the present. Moving back to Lafayette was not easy. My experience as a college student was very different than my experiences as a young adult with a full time job. Even though this is my first year involved in the 705, I know that it’s an organization that I want to be a part of for years to come. I regret not joining as soon as I returned to Lafayette. I believe that we can be the catalyst for continued growth and improvement in our community. Together we can accomplish goals that many people may think are impossible. Together we can give hope and vision to citizens in our region to make a difference in their corner of the world. It is our responsibility to leave the generation behind us a community that they will be proud of. Lafayette has an enormous amount of potential. Even with all of the challenges that our community has faced, I still believe the best years are ahead. It is up to us to see that Lafayette continues to strive towards reaching that potential. It’s easy to focus on the negatives these days but we must continue to focus on the light, on the positives. I have found “My Lafayette” and I want to help others find theirs. With ownership comes investment, with investment comes growth.