I love Colorado. My life and heart are here. My wife and I have chosen to raise our daughter here because we both grew up here, so we know what a special place this is.
During my childhood I learned the value of hard work: I mowed lawns, shoveled snow, and worked in restaurants to save money for college. I left Colorado to study economics at the University of Chicago, where I had the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the field.
My parents were not able to help pay for my education, so I put myself through college in just three years to conserve cash. After graduating, I worked for a few years at Price Waterhouse, then returned to the University of Chicago to earn a Masters in Business Administration in 2003.
I have spent my professional career helping companies in crisis. As a business strategist focused on the transportation and travel sectors, I advise large and medium-sized companies on a wide range of issues, including which markets to enter, how to improve products and services, and what long-term strategies to adopt. I coach corporate leaders through difficult times, and I have helped several companies affect painful but necessary turn-arounds that allowed them to recover from bankruptcy, cut costs, and ultimately stay in business. My job, in short, has been managing crises of one form or another, a skill set that is sorely lacking but so desperately needed in the Colorado State Senate.
I remain committed to the group that hired me 18 years ago. My commitment and hard work has paid off -- I am regarded as one of the preeminent thinkers in transportation and travel industries. Now, I spend time educating people about the industries I serve, and I am frequently invited to speak to national and international audiences on cutting-edge topics in my field.
Most importantly, I count myself deeply fortunate to have met and fallen in love with Cori, my wife, so early in life. Cori and I have been together for over 25 years, and we are delighted to demonstrate the importance and value of public service to Ruby, our 5-year-old daughter.