My story is similar to most of yours. I am blessed to have been born and raised in Texas. When I was 12 years old my family moved to Boerne, TX from Corpus Christi where I was born the last of six children. Soon after moving to Boerne my oldest brother Steve died of leukemia. It was a formative event in my life as the loss of a loved one usually is for a child. Forming me as well at the age of 12 was the discovery of the blessings of work as I got my first job washing dishes at the Smoke House Cafe. This job was followed by many others: I dug ditches for an electrician, Mr. English, then I dug ditches for the town’s plumber, Mr. Stevens, I turned steel at Mr. Dillingham’s machine shop, cut lawns (which I did not enjoy), and framed houses. Through these experiences I have come to believe that work is a blessing, not a curse, and it is an important part of our lives and personal development.
I studied Economics and Business at Westmont College before beginning my professional career. As a professional, I’ve done many things in business from working in Honduras as a consultant to running a car wash franchise in California, which I sold before moving back to Texas. In Texas, I started several small businesses before entering the medical sales field in 1997. In 2004 I started a new business in the same field supplying surgical products to the U.S. military hospitals in Europe. This is what I still do today. I am not a wealthy man, but I am grateful to have work that I enjoy.
Life as a businessman and entrepreneur teaches you many things. First, you should never spend more money than you have. This key principle is sorely lost in Washington. Second, you must constantly be innovating and changing in order to meet the market’s needs. This principle is corrupted in Washington by those who think innovations can be forced by the government and not by clever private business owners. Subsidies and corporate welfare stem from this kind of warped mentality. Last, the customer is always right. Congressmen seem to think that they are always right rather than their customers, the American people, and as a result vote the opposite of what the majority of their constituents want. The problem is the over-spending by trillions of dollars, for decades, that now amounts to $17,000,000,000,000 of debt. Your veteran congressman has voted for every penny of that debt. Congressmen are human and should be burned out after serving for 28 years in D.C.. Instead of quitting, however, they retreat to Washington and quickly begin to care more about what special interests think than their voters. The founding fathers gave us, the people, term limits to fix this, and we have not been holding up our end to that bargain.
The most important things in my life are my family and my Lord. I am richly blessed with two beautiful daughters, Madeleine, 13, and Antoinette, 11. I serve on the board of directors of Interdenominational Christian Ministries that focuses on an orphanage in Peru. I enjoy gardening, traveling, hiking, and running. I live in the house I grew up in, and I still do not like cutting the grass.