Graduated university of Florida in 1981 with a Fruit Crops degree specializing in citrus production. Began working for Lykes in 1981. I began my career as the citrus nursery supervisor and was promoted to production manager over the ridge groves and the nursery. Through my career with Lykes I have been President of Highlands County Citrus Growers association, President of Florida Citrus Nurserymen's Association and Citrus Nursery Division leader of FNGLA. I have been married for 32 years to my wife Kim. We have three kids, daughter Courtney who is 30 and twin sons Shane and Seth who are 24.