I was raised in Phoenix, AZ with family roots that originate in a small steel mill town in western Pennsylvania called Aliquippa. Even though I call the desert my home today, I've found the hard-nosed roots of Aliquippa have helped me through many challenges in life.
Growing up, I played the usual sports like soccer, baseball and football, but found my true calling in the sport of wrestling. Excelling to become an Arizona State wrestling champion, I went on to compete at the college level for Adams State College in Colorado. After two years, I was ready to move on with the next stage of my life and transferred to Arizona State University.
While attending Biology class at ASU I met the love of my life, mother of my children and inspiration, Samantha.
Graduating with a degree in Marketing, I took a position with my current employer, Shurwest Financial Group.
Marriage and the birth of my two daughters Amanda (11) and Isabella (9) followed.
Professionally, I advanced to a sales position, was later promoted to National Sales Director, and am currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Shurwest Financial Group.
Drawing from my experiences as a wrestler, I believe it's my individual success that advances the successes of the team. A tenacious competitor, I don't quit until I've achieved the goals I've set for myself.
My battle with TC began on September 21, 2011 at the age of 38.
The disease of cancer just picked the wrong fight.