What do you do at NDSC?
My family and I are originally from Rapid City, South Dakota and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, I was employed as a State Trooper for 20 years. I had many duties for the state, including accident reconstruction expert and the state training director for defensive driving programs. In 2003, I was recognized as the Law Enforcement Education Officer of the Year for the United States by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms). I served the National Safety Council for 2 years as the Director of Government Programs and have an extensive background in traffic safety, emergency planning and leadership. I have been a certified instructor in more than 20 state, federal and National Safety Council programs. In total, I have taught more than 1,000 safety courses to more than 50,000 people. I came to the North Dakota Safety Council in February of 2013.
Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
As a former law enforcement officer, I responded to events after bad decisions resulted in people being injured or killed. I now help PREVENT these events from occurring in the first place.
What are your hobbies?
Play in a local Rock Band, Camping, Home Improvement
Name one really interesting thing about yourself.
I have provided protection for 3 former U.S. presidents.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
Gettysburg Battlefield. To experience firsthand the sacrifices made to ultimately win the Civil War.
What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
I crashed my police motorcycle in a parade in front of thousands of people.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Too much division. That we all respect each other as human beings first.
Who would play you in a movie?
What is your biggest fear in life?
Failing to be the best father I can be.
What is your favorite movie, book and TV show?
Favorite movie – ‘We Were Soldiers’