Hometown: Tupelo, MS
Education: HS – Tupelo High School; College – BBA - University of Mississippi
Specialty Areas: Employee Benefits
With Ross & Yerger since: 2003
Business Background & Experience: 19 years with Pitney Bowes; 16 years with Ross & Yerger
How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?
Through a long-time friend, Greg Maloney
What do you like most about R&Y?
The love and compassion of our people displayed daily for each other and our clients
What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?
Becoming a Shareholder and Vice President while helping our clients with the complexities of their insurance
What R&Y memory(ies) stand out?
Too many to name! All good ones though
Organizations & Community Activities: Harbor House Board; Christ United Methodist Church
Family: Married 21 years to my soul mate – Jane; 2 beautiful children (Emily 14 and Andrew 11)
What are your hobbies?
Golf, Hunting, Coaching, and spending time with my wife and kids
What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?
I was in a bad car wreck in 1987 that almost ended my life
Who is your Hero or Who do you admire most?
Jim Porter, Sr Minister at Centenary United Methodist Church, life-long spiritual advisor and dear friend; my wife and children (because they make me a better person)
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” - Charles Swindoll
My Personal Philosophy?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6
In My Free Time:
I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, and trying to help others any way that I can
In A Former Life:
I didn’t think that I would live this long
My Hidden Talent:
I can juggle, chew gum and talk at the same time
What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?
My faith, my family and, of course, gum