Q: Where did you grow up and go to school? Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
A: I grew up in Summitville on a family farm and graduated from Madison-Grant High School in 1984. I furthered my education by graduating from Purdue University in 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with an emphasis on economics and finance.
Q: What do you see as the primary benefit of being a Chamber member?
A: The primary benefit of being a Chamber member is working together with other businesses and individuals in the Elwood community to achieve a common goal of making Elwood and Northern Madison County a destination for new business and for families to live.
Q: When did you join the Chamber board of directors?
A: I joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2014.
Q: What do you enjoy most about serving on the board, and what do you hope to achieve?
A: What I enjoy most about serving on the board has been the opportunity to meet the other business owners and individuals in the Elwood community. I also enjoy working the events in the community. I hope to be a small part of a large group making a positive difference for the advancement of the Chamber and the community it serves.
Q: What is your favorite Chamber event?
A: My favorite Chamber event is the Glass Festival. Selling carnival tickets to the kids and seeing how excited they are to ride the rides are a lot of fun for me.
Q: What do you consider Elwood’s greatest untapped resource?
A: I believe our location is a great asset for businesses looking to expand in Indiana. We have access to major interstates and highways. Our area also provides a hard-working work force.
Q: What do you predict for Elwood over the next five years?
A: I hope to see the investments of time and money being put in to the community start reaping rewards in the form of business expansion and new businesses coming to Elwood.
Q: Tell us a little about your family.
A: I live with my wife, Carla Jo (aka “Jo”) and our daughter, Stephanie, in the extreme northern part of Madison County. I have been married to my wonderful wife for 24 years. She is always willing to help me at Chamber events, such as wrapping hot dogs and selling carnival tickets. Stephanie is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University in the DeVoe School of Business. She will be graduating in April 2018.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
A: The last 14 years have been committed to showing pigs with Stephanie in 4-H, IJSC, and NJSA shows. We have traveled to Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin and all over Indiana showing pigs. This has been a family-focused project. While Stephanie and I travel, Jo stays home to take care of the pigs left behind. We have not had a family vacation without pigs for 14 years. This spring we are taking a trip as a family, as we have closed this chapter of our lives.
Q: Is there anything else we didn’t ask that you would like readers to know?
A: I have always been involved in the Madison County community. Currently, I serve on the Madison County Extension Board. I have been the organizational leader for the Summitville Ag 4-H Club for 32 years. I am a member of Summitville Christian Church and serve as a deacon.
Thank you, Steve. The Chamber has enjoyed getting to know you a little better. ●