Nothing has brought me more satisfaction in life than my wife and four kids. No success outside the home compensates for failure inside it. I try to live by that mantra every day. Those who know my wife Mara know just how amazing and supportive she is. In addition to being a fantastic mother, she works part-time as a loan officer and volunteers at the Echo Glen Detention Center. My daughter Katelyn (22) is on her own working and living in Utah. My son Tanner (21) is a semester away from graduating with a degree in Financial Economics from BYU-Idaho. My son Tucker (19) is serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scottsdale, Arizona. My daughter Kalli (17) is a junior at Mount Si. She works at the YMCA and at my office. When she isn't in school or working, you will find her riding her horse May.
After getting cut from my high school basketball team as a junior, I ran track and cross country my senior year, qualifying for the Oregon State Meet in both. I dropped running until I was 32, when I ran my first marathon. In 2007, I qualified for and ran in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City, which was the single greatest athletic accomplishment of my life. I have also run the Boston Marathon three times. There is nothing quite like the Boston Marathon. I am now well past my prime but still enjoy running the streets and trails of the Snoqualmie Valley almost every day. For the last eight years, I have had the privilege of sharing my passion for running with hundreds of Mount Si High School athletes. Coaching them is a delight.
After working in corporate America for 15 years, in 2011 I decided to start my own insurance company with American Family. I opened my office in Snoqualmie and have had nothing but great success. I believed I could be successful in this great town because people here love supporting local business. Four of my six employees live here in the Valley.
My other business, Run Snoqualmie, is an extension of my passion for running. It started in 2007 as a way to bring high-quality running events to the Valley. My primary goal was to interest kids in running by providing them a shorter event that came with a t-shirt and a medal. Since 2007, I have hosted 40+ races in the Valley and provided meaningful community building events for hundreds of local families.