What is your publishing background?
From a fairly young age, around age 10 or 11, I had always wanted to work in publishing, especially in news publishing. I wanted to be a journalist but quickly discovered in college that my skill set was better suited for the marketing and advertising side. I started my publishing background with a community newspaper called the Northeast News, in Historic Northeast Kansas City, Mo., then moved up to The Kansas City Star for more than 18 years.
What is your favorite DKC issue?
It’s always the next issue coming up! As a team, we are always trying to push the envelope and improve. The features continue to get better and better! However, if I had to choose one that has already been published, it would be Summer 2022. I love the cover and the trend-setting articles!
What is your home’s design style?
A mess—ha, just kidding…kind of. It is a mix of a farmhouse and a lodge. The focal point is the living room fireplace that extends up in a vaulted ceiling. My wife handles the interior of the home; the exterior is where I rock—literally, I love landscape rocks. The front exterior has a Cape Cod-style landscape—think Table Rock Lake/Ozark mountains campfire feel. My jam is outdoors!
Where and how do you like to spend time at home?
In front of the fireplace or in the backyard around the fire pit near our water fountain. I love water, earth and fire.
If you could live anywhere, where and what would your dream home be?
A 1.5- story timber home in the woods near a lake—Lake Tahoe, perhaps?
If you could make your current home better, what would you do?
Add an addition to expand our dining room for hosting dinner parties. And a bigger walk-in closet for my wife.
What are your best memories of home when growing up?
I grew up in the best home and best floor plan ever, in my ever-so-humble opinion. It was a 1.5-story home with a finished basement in DeSoto, Kansas! It had a wraparound porch, an attic fan, and killer entertainment in the basement for 1990s standards! It was great.
Do you have a personal motto or life philosophy?
Motto: Do your best at whatever you do, don’t sweat the small things, and all things are small things. Life philosophy: The Lord God is sovereign and in control—let go, surrender your life to Him and allow Him to work in your life.