I was born and raised with midwestern values growing up in a small farming community in Nebraska. My parents had a small business which is where I learned many of my life lessons including the value of a dollar and hard work. I attended the University of Nebraska earning a BS degree in computer science. After college I moved to Charlotte, NC and ran a small business for a few years before being pulled to Raleigh, NC to help run my parent’s business in 1997. Eventually my parents retired and with my brother and sister I have continued to help grow that business since and venturing into new businesses. Including the packaged ice industry and a snow making business called Snow My Yard.
In 2001 through a good friend at a Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoff game I met my wife Shannon. We both shared a love of all sports. Through the same good friend, I began cooking BBQ and from that my passion for competition BBQ grew. I have been cooking KCBS contests with my wife Shannon as Muttley Crew BBQ for the past 6 years. We cook between 20 and 30 contests per year in the eastern United States.
General Campaign Platform
My general campaign platform is to help steer KCBS in the right direction to ensure the growth and survival of KCBS and the food sport I love. I also want to work towards making BBQ contests fun and enjoyable for all including cooks, judges, contest reps and organizers and still have the accountability of a well led organization. I want to ensure that contests are successful and well run, that the judging system has standards that will provide fair and accurate judging.
Q: Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors and the skills you possess which would make you an asset as a board member.
I want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors because I have a passion for competition BBQ and I want KCBS members to have confidence in the leadership of this organization. I feel I have a great skill set for being an asset as a board member.
I co-own and operate a commercial HVAC and refrigeration business in Raleigh, North Carolina with my brother and sister. I have help grow our family business from 3 employees to 25 employees. Working with family members and managing employees has given me great patience and the understanding to work with others. In our business I oversee financial operations as well as manage our construction division. I manage several installations on several different job locations at once. I am required to meet and work with owners, managers and engineers in our industry. This has given be the skills to work with people who have different views on topics and be able to come together to get things accomplished.
I have also served on a similar board of directors as a member, vice-president and president. I served on the board of the Southern Ice Exchange for 5 years. The Southern Ice Exchange is a regional trade association made up of ice manufacturers and the ice equipment and product suppliers. Being on this board gave me the experience of how a non-profit organization works and how to make decisions that will impact the members and the future of the organization. While on this board I dealt with several industry issues including a federal inquiry into fair trade practices.
Q: Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.
I have been a KCBS member since 2011. During that time, I have competed in numerous KCBS competitions throughout the United States. I have a competed at the American Royal, Sam’s Club Series and the World Food Championships. My wife and I compete regularly in the southeast and Mid Atlantic. While my passion is cooking, I have judged contests as well.
Q: As a board member, what do believe are the major challenges currently facing KCBS?
I believe the major challenges currently facing KCBS are members having confidence in the leadership as well as making contests sustainable and working to providing the best methods to ensure fair and accurate judging. In dealing with these challenges, give an example of how your skills serve the KCBS membership as a Director on the board. An example of how my skills will serve the KCBS membership as a Director on the board is my ability to listen and work with others. I have applied this skill on a daily basis in my business. I also communicate with many cook teams, judges and contest reps on a continual basis. This communication gives me the feel of how our organization is run and what our organization needs to do to be successful in the future.