[October 15, 2018] Four years ago, my wife Casey and I moved to Ferndale from the Seattle area with our two very young children. When deciding where to settle down, we knew we had to make a decision based on our children’s best interest of finding a place to call home that would set our kids up for success involving their education within the public school system. We believed then and we still believe now that this town and community could not be a better place to raise our three sons (now Braxton – 6, Griffin – 5 and Henry – 2). Our oldest son Braxton just started kindergarten this fall at Skyline Elementary. Our experience thus far has been nothing short of amazing and we are so grateful for the school staff and to know that the type of charisma seen within Skyline rings true for all of the schools here in Ferndale.
I am a born and raised small town Montana kid. I went to college at Montana State University where I graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree along with a Business Minor. I joined Wilder Construction right after graduating (the company now known as Granite Construction) as a Project Engineer helping build roads, bridges and heavy civil projects. I began my career working out of Alaska for a year before then moving to Seattle with the same company. As mentioned above, it was four years ago that I got the opportunity to move to Ferndale and run the Construction Operations for Granite out of our Bellingham Office. Our office (now located in Everson) on a yearly average builds 15-20 million dollars in heavy civil construction projects in Whatcom and Skagit County. I hope that I can bring support to the committee with my experience in business, construction, estimating, contracting and my passion for supporting our town and schools.
I believe that with my experience from my work over the past thirteen years and upbringing in a small town where education and community heavily collided I will be able to serve Ferndale with all good intentions. I want the bond to be successful for the taxpayers by sticking to the plan and I want our community to have updated facilities that help our children to thrive while they learn and grow at school.