As a native of the Sacramento area, born and raised in Wilton, I have spent more than 20 years in real estate – the last 11 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  I spent the better part of the last decade as the managing broker of the company’s Elk Grove office and was promoted in August 2010 to my current position as president of the Sacramento/Tahoe Region.  And as the leader of our company in our area, I feel it is my responsibility to use resources at my disposal to help make a positive impact in our communities.

While real estate is a part of my life, it is not entire my life. When  I wake up every morning, I am Kellie’s husband of 23 years and dad to Kaela (21), Kyle (19) and Kelsey (18).  There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not eternally grateful for the amazing and loving family that I have been blessed with.  Life wouldn’t be as full as it is without them.  In so many ways, they are the reason I have taken on this challenge.

It has been nearly 10 years since our kids were in elementary school, yet it seems like just yesterday we heard that two of their young classmates were suddenly gone.  Taken by leukemia.  We knew the families and I remember the conflict I had as a father; grateful that my kids were healthy yet heartbroken for the families who had lost their children.  I felt so helpless.

Move the calendar forward a few years and we learn a friend in Wilton, Holly, has lymphoma.  She is currently battling, getting treatment, and doing everything she can to continue being a mom.  I watch the impact it has on Holly’s family, my own wife and others.  Kellie and I kept talking about doing something to support her and others.  That’s why when the phone rang and I was asked be a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year, there was only one answer that I could possibly give….YES.  What an honor and blessing this has been.  Thank you!