I am a native Tennessean who always had great BBQ in my life, even as a child. My dad was passionate about BBQ and could tell you all the best little hole in the wall places in rural Middle Tennessee. He was also well known for his skills cooking amazing BBQ. I found myself with that same passion and have been working on my skill for many years. I enjoy food and cooking so much that I went back to school and received a degree in Culinary Arts. I have cooked BBQ in a catering capacity for many years and have fed thousands of happy customers. My primary career in my adult life has been in the IT field. I have worked in many industries including legal, banking, and medical. I have held many positions, including Director of IT for a small financial company, and am currently in my thirteenth year as a System Administrator at a large medical Center.
I would like to represent the entire membership population and support the KCBS mission of promoting BBQ as an American cuisine. I will work to help both the cook teams and the judges live in harmony and create a family-like atmosphere at contests. I would also lend IT insights to the KCBS and help make the flow of information to the members easier and more efficient.
I feel that I can provide valuable information obtained through my contact with judges throughout the BBQ season as well as share my vast personal knowledge from both my culinary knowledge and my extensive IT experience. These attributes would help me be a great member of the KCBS Board of Directors and serve the membership to the best of my ability.
From what I have heard through conversations at various contests, it seems like there is a real disconnect between the Judges and the Competition Teams. Coming up with a way to remedy this situation will take a Board of Directors that really care about the success of the KCBS and I feel I would be a great addition to that group.
My knowledge in the culinary field can provide the Board with helpful information and assistwith finding answers or solutions to issues and opportunities. Also, my considerable IT experience would serve to help to deliver organizational information to the masses through the website and social media in a clear and easy to understand way.