What is your background?
I am a graduate of Burlington (Wisconsin) High School, attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. I currently work at the Brownsburg branch for the State Bank of Lizton in commercial lending.
How long have you been in Avon?
My family has been living in Avon since 1990. My wife and I are the proud parents of four daughters who all have been part of the Avon School System and graduated from Avon High School. When we first moved to Indiana, we didn’t know where we would end up, but my wife is from Bloomington so this seemed like a central place.
What was it like when you first moved here?
It was much smaller. We only had one strip center – Avon Crossing. There was also a Monty’s Market, Avon Hardware and a local Subway and Dairy Queen.
What has kept you in Avon all these years?
For one, Avon Schools. Avon has a really phenomenal school system. Also, the friends and relationships we’ve made throughout Hendricks County. I really value the friendships I’ve made here.
What are your favorite things to do in Avon?
Running the scoreboard at the Avon High School football games! I also just really like being active in my community. I’ve been a member of the Avon Rotary Club, I’m an active member of Avon United Methodist Church, I’ve been on the YMCA board. Being involved is really my favorite thing to do in my community. I also really enjoy Rib Fest and the Heritage Festival every year. I also like seeing people out at the town hall park walking and exercising.
I’ve been on the town council on and off for 20 years. It’s just one way I can give back to the community. I like the challenge, and I want to make our town a great place to be – a destination for people.
What is your vision for Avon?
I want to change the tax structure and create more revenue and growth. With that growth, we need to improve our roads. We also need to bring in businesses unique to Avon, not just the big box stores. We could have medical buildings or manufacturing companies looking to relocate from Marion County or simply made Indiana their home.
It’s great to see some of the projects people have been talking about since we moved here coming to fruition like the bridge over the CSX train tracks on Avon Avenue. It’s going to be a bit of an inconvenience for people for a time, but once it’s over, it’ll make a lot of people really happy. We live over by the library, and I used to tell the kids if they heard the train horn, they’d better make a plan B when they left the house.