I am an Eagle Scout. It forms who I am. I live the Scout Law every day. A scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Curteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
My dad was a great influence in my life. He was always there for me, teaching me how to support others. He always was willing to give his time to help others. He believed that a man’s word was more important than what was written on paper. He had handshake agreements with many people that he did business with. He trusted them, and they trusted him. He, too, was an Eagle Scout. I always try to be more like my dad.
Sue, my wife, and Jake, my dog. Sue is the constant in my life. She gives me strength and inspiration. She is also my sounding board and my balance to help keep me on the right path. Jake is always ready to have fun. Jake is always glad to see me, no matter what kind of day he had and no matter what kind of day I had. Jake loves me unconditionally and is loyal to a fault. Jake teaches me to live more and enjoy life and not get too caught up in the stress and seriousness that can affect too many people in today’s society. Between the two of them, they help keep me on the path.
I have climbed all 59 of the peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado. I did this after setting a goal when I was 54 to accomplish this feat before I turned 60. This means several things to me. It means you can accomplish your goals when you lay them out and plan for them properly. It also means I get things done. That is who I am and what I do. I strive to reach the summits. In all the mountain climbing I did to achieve this goal, I did not fail to summit in any attempt. This was due to proper planning and careful preparation and, to some degree, luck. I look at life the same way.