New Leadership Will Deliver Results for Our Community
I attended elementary school, from 1995-2007, at The Lexington School. I then studied at Sayre High School from 2007 until in 2011. For the next four years I attended Hampden-Sydney College, receiving a Bachelors of American History. I earned a graduate certificate from Boston University’s Masters of Criminal Justice program. The U.S. News Report has named this graduate program as a "Top 5 Masters Program in the U.S." for the past five years. The majority of my research, evaluation, methods-practiced and analysis focused on the concentration deemed 'Strategic Management.'
From 2008 to 2009 I worked as an intern for a Federal judge, in Lexington, at our local courthouse. Prior to, I was provided the opportunity to pass through Lexington's "Teen Court" program directed by the District Court judge. Following my internship, I was nominated to fly to Washington D.C. (for studies at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law & CSI) which I attended the following summer.
Most recently, I manage an 800-acre farm in Paris, KY. Many people likely presume that one must have mechanical knowledge to be an Operations Manager of that scale. And while it's an important skillset, I found that strong decision-making skills and problem-solving tactics have served me just as well. Daily communication, the ability to work with different people, basic leadership, administrative skills and knowledge of the entire property is just as essential in the end. The manager should have fiscal responsibility and put financial accountably first. They must act with integrity, while containing a passion for farm management. This includes an interest for the land, the farm operations and growing the business. One must manage oneself, people, time and things. You must motivate, develop and direct people as they work. It's just as important to work with things as it is to work with people. You must inspect and evaluate the quality of the crops, and you one must also be fluent in operating and controlling various implements and equipment.
Equally so, one must persuade others to approach work challenges differently. To see success daily, you must solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences and opportunities to turn the challenge around. By being aware of other's reactions, you can then change your behavior in relation to others' actions. As you have read, it's just as important for managers to have interpersonal skills as it is for them to need analytical skills. Communication, leadership, negotiating, and teamwork are just a few assets a good manager can bring to this business.
A Homegrown Perspective
The ability to articulate, facilitate, and lead a change are just as important as the ability to participate as a member of a team. To me, the willingness to collaborate is just as important as having a solid sense of business ethics. As you plant, water and fertilize (if nurtured correctly) you will soon have a successful crop.
My analogy would be that the same thing occurs in a political election where friends, family, volunteers and campaign contributors come together for the common good. Just as when you properly nurture your crop, good things also start happening in your campaign.
I am an advocate of life on two wheels, and can be found behind the handlebars almost any chance I can get away from work. Being active within the central Kentucky motorcycle community, I am currently the Sgt. at Arms for the Blue Knights LE/MC Kentucky Chapter XI motorcycle club. In free time, I actively ride with KY District 6 of the Patriot Guard Riders, the Kentucky Vulcan Riders, and the local Rolling Thunder Chapter -when time allows. As my family has a long military history, and my father being a Marine; it's incredibly important to remember to "support the troops," but don't ignore the veterans …the battle still continues at home and we must not forget that!
For four years now, I have been a Board Member of the Kentucky Chapter of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors). In addition, since 2017 I have served as a proud Board Member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and spearheaded a new monument for active & fallen police K-9's across Kentucky. It is featured in the photo on the left, and can be viewed in-person at its' location next to the entrance to DOCJT in Richmond, Kentucky.
Another realization, gained from years working on farmland, is that Fayette County voters live and work from all over the county. Lexington is not simply just Vine, Main, Broadway and High Street. Fayette County is made up from voters from the Kentucky River to the Southeast, to Todds Road out past North Cleveland. There’s registered voters near the Blue Grass Army Depot off 57 to the Northeast, to Greenwich Pike towards Hume Bedford to the North. There’s also those that live out Leestown Road past the University Club of Kentucky golf course, and more out Military Pike to the Southwest of town. Rural, urban, or suburban -to me, a vote is a vote. Suburbs typically vote Democratic, and rural areas vote Republican; but we must not forget that the office of the Sheriff has duties throughout the entire county. I do not feel that this office should not be overly political, but should be equally-receptive to both sides of the spectrum. Despite the fact that it is a partisan race, I hope that by reading through this website it’ll become clear that I will be putting my county before my party.