I am proud to be a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a retired United States Navy veteran. I currently reside on our tribal lands as I have for most of my life.
During my approximately twenty years working in our tribe’s gaming operation, I served in numerous capacities including Master Plan Development, Project Management, Regional Vice President of Resort Operations, Tribal Casino Board of Advisors Board Member, and Chairman.
I have also served on several community service boards including the Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee Broadband Enterprise, and The Sequoyah Fund.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and have experience in the design/build, pre-engineered concrete and structural engineering industries. My experience in the building industry includes cost estimating, project management, and a corporate officer responsible for engineering design and construction of major projects.
Professionally, I have provided structural and civil engineering designs for numerous major projects throughout the United States. My professional experience has included primary responsibility for obtaining project approvals from model code agencies such as International Conference of Building Officials and fire testing with Underwriters’ Laboratories.
In addition to providing original building project designs, my experience with construction materials and methods has led to special studies and research of a variety of problems in the construction industries. In addition to holding three previous patents in post tension construction methods, I have a patent for “Method for Eliminating a Pour Strip in Post-Tensioned Concrete Construction.” ®
I am a former member of the State Structural Advisory Subcommittee for Building Codes and Standards and the Subcommittee for Post Tensioned Specifications for Unbonded Single Strand Tendons. I’m also a past member of the Parking Ramp Subcommittee formed to study parking ramps and their design, construction, inspection, licensing, needs, uses, maintenance, changes, and regulations. I currently serve on the Planning Committee for the annual University of Minnesota Structural Engineering Seminar Series.