Biography and Background
I am a conservative with proven leadership ability and have lived in Idaho since I was 2 years old. I have spent the last ten years as an entrepreneur and small business owner. I got my start in freelance web design, and quickly moved into eCommerce sales. The company I’m most proud of is Upland Optics, which sells sporting optics directly to hunters online. In total I have started four companies, bought two others, and sold three of them, generating millions of dollars for Idaho’s economy while creating local jobs.
While running my companies, I earned an A.A. and B.A. from Boise State University and a Master’s degree in Finance from Harvard’s Extension School. I was a member of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program, completed BSU’s Venture College program, and earned national awards in Business Professionals of America.
I was raised an outdoorsman and have a deep connection to Idaho’s public lands. I spend every fall hunting deer and elk. My summers are spent backpacking and hiking (including summiting all nine of Idaho’s twelve thousand foot peaks). I am a life-long Christian and am a part of the Ten Mile Christian community.
I sold several businesses in the last two years, and decided that I wanted to do some public service with the next chapter of my life. I’ve been very blessed here, and it’s my time to give back. When two legislative seats opened up in my district, I felt called to serve.