I was born in Wadsworth, Ohio where my families come from, but grew up in New Philadelphia. We returned to Akron in 1964 where I graduated from high school.
Education and Experience
After high school, I studied for a year at Cooper Union in New York City but the big city life and I didn’t get along. I returned to Akron and attended Kent State studying Architecture. During school, I worked construction and got interested in historic preservation when I helped restore an early Western Reserve house in Aurora. I went on to the University of Florida and got a Master’s Degree in Preservation. However, life led me in other directions and I have been doing mostly healthcare design for the last twenty-five years at Hasenstab Architects.
My wife and I have eight kids in our blended families and recently become proud grandparents to our twelfth grandchild. We have children in South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio and Manchester, England.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am setting up a ceramic studio at my home and have always wanted to do pottery to be able to express my artistic side. I also own two Triumph motorcycles and a 1990 Miata for fun.
What might people not know about you?
I once wanted to be an archaeologist and still enjoy studying pre-Columbian history.
Memberships/causes you are passionate about
I am a member of Rotary and get great satisfaction out of being a part of an organization that brings people of all walks of life together to help others on a local and national scale. Our club has been involved in helping with several water projects in Africa as a part of our international service commitment. I believe that the world faces enormous challenges in the foreseeable future with pollution, climate change and diminishing sources of water becoming significant issues.