What is on your wish list for the next 10 years?
This year, my youngest child is graduating from high school and my oldest is making me a grandpa, so seeing my kids become adults and watching their lives as adults unfold is really exciting. I am also excited to have a little more free time in the future to explore some new hobbies.
Tell me about your family.
My wife, Heather, and I just celebrated 27 years of marriage. We have one daughter and three sons. My family is my proudest accomplishment in life.
Tell me about your previous work experience.
I have always loved working and developing my skills. I started as a newspaper carrier and distributor for The Washington Post as a 10 year old. I found that I loved working with food as a baker and caterer. I have worked in construction and security to pay for my degrees in Food Science and Chemistry.
I have over 25 years of experience in the food industry. I started in the dairy industry, and moved to the vegetable processing, canning, and value-added products arena. I have worked in all parts of the food industry – in QA food labs, production floors, consumer sensory testing labs, agricultural development, Quality Assurance, and R&D management at factories and at the corporate level. My favorite area, however, has always been working on product innovation and new products.
People would be surprised if they knew ________________ about you.
I never liked tomatoes growing up and would never eat them. I later just found out that I am a tomato snob and I only like vine-ripened California tomatoes. Best tomatoes anywhere!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family, so any activity that we can do together is great.
What’s your favorite book(s)?
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien was absolutely brilliant.
What’s on your bucket list?
I would love to travel with my future grandkids and take them to Disneyland!