Small business person with experience in multiple projects from aerospace, bio-tech and small business environments. A family man, dedicated husband and father. A community servant and a civic-minded individual.
Deschutes County Commissioner January 2011 – Present
Board Chair – 2012, 2015, 2018, 2021
Business Owner, Little d Technology, La Pine, OR June 2005 – Present
Being part of a small business in La Pine, Oregon with my wife of 27 years, I have experience in supporting local businesses and home computer users. I repaired computer systems as well as support business users with their custom applications. Develop websites with Dreamweaver and Flash. Active La Pine Chamber of Commerce Member.
Parts Sales Lead, Lancair, Redmond, OR April 2005 – June 2005
At Lancair I acted as the inside sales lead for the parts division. Duties included phone orders from around the world for all models of home built aircraft offered by the company. I interfaced with all the departments in the company to get the customer the parts and information they needed to keep their projects going. This was a temporary job placement through Express Personnel.
Project Manager/Sales, Cascade Sun Works, Redmond, OR June 2004 – March 2005
At Cascade Sun Works I was selling and planning installations of solar water systems, photovoltaic grid-tie and off grid systems, duties included selling systems, creating work orders, tasking installers as well as equipment ordering and staging. As a sales person I have been responsible for defining customer requirements, costing and quoting.
Owner, The Laundry Basket – Coin Laundromat, Bothell, WA Sept. 2002 – March 2004
Family owned and operated laundromat business with 20 washers and 12 dryers. Setup to be mostly self sufficient. Maintained all machines and facility. I helped support this business with my wife while working at Celltech.
Associate Computational Scientist, Celltech R&D Inc. – Bothell, WA Sept. 1999 – Jan. 2004
Member of the Seattle-based research group charged with finding new chemical entities and new biological entities as candidates to early stage research in the drug discovery process.
I created and maintained an enterprise wide collaborative research web application for storing and sharing information about DNA and amino acid sequences of interest. Requirements were derived from an existing prototype and use cases where written to document the requirements. I was the local president of the staff council for a year which is the group that met with the top management to represent the staff at our location.
Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)/Software Engineer, Boeing, Maui, HI Sept. 1993 – Sept. 1999
Built and supported software systems for the Air Force at the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS). Built and formally tested the External Communications (XCOM) sub system of the next generation observatory control system (OCS). Derived and documented requirements for this project as well as participating in the global design of the larger system. Promoted to Technical Lead and worked in coordination with five other leads. Maintained existing software systems and assisted in the design and development of new scripts and utilities for mission planning. Designed using the Rational suite of object oriented software tools. Held a U.S. Government secret clearance for 8 years.
Observatory Operator/Mission Planner, Rocketdyne Technical Services, Maui, HI Oct. 1991-Sept. 1993
Responsible for utilizing the telescopes and their sensors to acquire positional, photometric, radiometric and imagery data on objects of interest. Mission planning for observatory resources and personnel. Used MS Excel extensively to produced the daily, weekly and six week satellite tracking schedule for day and night shift personnel. Member of the “Missile Team” which supported special missions.
Branch Manager, Electrical Equipment Company, Maui, HI Aug. 1989 – Oct. 1991
Store manager for retail electronic equipment sales. Duties included customer service, sales, stock ordering and daily receipts and reporting.
Economic Development of Central Oregon: 2011 to Present
To lead the region’s economic and business development through effective marketing, recruitment, retention/expansion, formation of public/private partnerships and fostering entrepreneurship. Facilitate new job creation and capital investment • Champion strategic projects critical to economic development • Balance/diversify the region’s industry mix • Be the Pacific Northwest’s business information leader
NeighborImpact – Board of Directors: 2011 to 2016
At NeighborImpact, we change lives by helping families’ access skills for success, family services, financial assistance, food, housing, heat and energy assistance.
Project Wildfire- Steering Committee Member: 2011 – 2016
Project Wildfire’s mission is to prevent deaths, injuries, property loss and environmental damage resulting from wildfires. Click here for a personal story on defensible space.
Heart of Oregon Corps – Board of Directors: 2011 to 2013
To inspire and empower positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education and stewardship. To improve economic and social vitality while increasing pathways out of poverty.
Chambers of Commerce:
Bend Chamber of Commerce: 2011 – Present
Sunriver Chamber of Commerce 2007: Present
North Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 2007: Present
La Pine Chamber of Commerce 2005: Present
La Pine Lions Club: 2010 to 2015
National Federation of Independent Business, 2010 – Present
NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their businesses.
National Rifle Association: 2010 to Present
City of La Pine, Utilities Committee , La Pine, OR 2009 – 2010
The Utilities Committee for the City of La Pine was been charged with researching the possibility of bringing the La Pine Water and Sewer utilities into the city of La Pine’s organization.
Member, Oregon Farm Bureau, 2008 – Present
Member, Deschutes Farm Bureau, 2007 – Present
Board Member/President, La Pine Park and Recreation District, La Pine, OR July 2005 – 2010
I was involved in 3 ballot measures to provide stable funding for the district. In May of 2009 the voters supported the district in passing the permanent tax rate of $0.30/thousand for the district. I was the board chair for two years and was able to hire the first paid director, completed the certificate of occupancy requirements for the White School Building and successfully managed the finances of the district.
Knights of Columbus, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, La Pine, OR 2009 – Present
Volunteer/Supporter, Serendipity West Foundation – 2008 to present
Ponderosa Mountain Men, La Pine, OR 2007 – Present
Love to go to rendezvous! Target shooting with black powder rifles.
KITC Public Radio, Gilchrist, OR Jan. 2008 – June 2010
Hosting a morning radio show 6:30 to 8am at KITC 106.5 from Gilchrist, OR. Setup the remote La Pine studio in coordination with the station manager. Setup streaming internet radio available at www.kitcfm.com. Bend Bulletin – “One year after hitting the airwaves, local radio show is an ‘eclectic’ mix”
La Pine Rodeo Association, La Pine, OR Fall 2005 – 2010
Board member in charge of land acquisition. Member of Senator Wyden’s ad-hoc committee on Deschutes County recreational assets. Successfully worked with then City of La Pine Mayor Stu Martinez, Deschutes County representatives, State Representative Gene Whisnant, and Senator Ron Wyden’s office to define possible permanent land for La Pine Rodeo and Frontier Days. La Pine Special Sewer district land has also been bundled with this bill. Legislation has passed US Senate sub committee and is waiting for votes in the House and Senate in Washington DC.
Little Deschutes Grange #939, La Pine, OR 2006 – Present
Members of the La Pine Grange which has experienced a resurgence in the last few years.
Club/Board Member, Na Kai ‘Ewalu Outrigger Canoe Club, Maui, HI 1990 – 1999
Na Ka ‘Ewalu Canoe Club is a family sports and social club on the island of Maui. I was a member of the board who represented 300-400 members in managing the finances, equipment and events of the club. This club is one of many on the island and part of the State of Hawaii outrigger association which competes in weekend regattas as well as long distance races.
Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, HI 1990 – 1992
As a young store manager on the island of Maui, I was able to meet some of the top business people and managers of large businesses and get involved with community service. “Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Red Cross Blood Donor, 1990 to current
2006 – La Pine Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award.
2007 – La Pine Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Year Award.
2009 – La Pine Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Community Service Award
2012 to 2013 – Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County College, See AOC Press Release.
2009 Ford Family Conference of Communities, Eugene, OR.
2008-2009 Ford Institute for Community Building Leadership training
2008 Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) board training.
2002 “Conflict Management in The Corporate Environment”, A two day course while working at Celltech R&D.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE) Computer Society Member 2001 – 2008
“The world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology”
Conferences: Sun Microsystems JavaOne 2000, Colorado Software Summit 2001, 2002, 2003
Introduction to Rational Enterprise Suite, Requirements Management with Use Cases, ClearQuest Administration, Object Oriented Development with Rational Rose, Solaris System Administration Essentials
University of Hawaii, Maui, HI
1998, Successfully completed two graduate level courses in computer operating systems.
Northern MIchigan University, Marquette. MI
1985-1989, Bachelors of Science, Electronics Technology/Robotics
Royal Oak Shrine High School, Royal Oak, MI
1981-1985, College Prep Catholic School