Born in Palmdale, California in 1959, my family moved to Lindon when I was 11. I attended school in Lindon and then Pleasant Grove, graduating from Pleasant Grove High School in 1977. From 1978 to 1980 I served an LDS mission in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1984 I married Teresa Rush. We have been blessed with 5 wonderful children: Ian, Jessica, Porter, Levi, and Tannis. We also have 1 lovely daughter-in-law named Jennifer, and a beautiful grand-daughter named Arianna. Our older 4 children are veterans of the War on Terror, and are returned missionaries. Our youngest daughter is currently serving a mission in Detroit, Michigan. We have lived in 8 states and 24 cities, from Laie, Hawaii to Ft. Meade, Maryland, but Vineyard is home, and the place where we want to spend the rest of our life.
- BS - Sociology, SUNY, 1990
- MBA - Technology Management, University of Phoenix, 1999
I have more than eight years of experience in many aspects of residential, commercial and industrial construction. Some project highlights include construction of the Joseph Smith Building on BYU Campus, the Delta Center, the Little Cottonwood Creek box-culvert crossing over I-215, and the Chevron Carter Creek Natural Gas Refinery near Evanston, Wyoming.
I have more than 8 years of project and program management with companies like Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Wildan and Associates Engineering.
I have more than 11 years of Public Works Management experience in cities ranging in population from 2,000 to 100,000 in California, Oregon, and now in American Fork. Management responsibilities have included engineering, streets, water, waste water, storm water, pressurized irrigation, facilities, fleet, parks, docks/waterfront, and even an island park located on the Columbia River. I have worked closely with Council and staff members in all areas of municipal government, including Administration, Public Safety, Economic Development, Redevelopment, Planning, Parks, and Recreation.
I have spent countless hours working directly with individual citizens seeking resolutions for their problems and concerns. I have represented municipalities on Special District Boards. I am completely qualified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the Command and General Staff level. I am currently serving on the Planning Commission for the Town of Vineyard.
I served in the U.S. Army for 4 years. I trained as a German Linguist at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. Upon receipt of my Top Secret Security Clearance, I went to work at the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Maryland. My area of focus was the east German military target. I received an Honorable Discharge in 1991.
The Town of Vineyard is about to see explosive growth. The decisions made by the Council over the next few years will directly impact how our Town grows into a City. My purpose in seeking a Council position in Vineyard is to further share my life and professional experience with the people of a community about which I care deeply. I have spent the last 11 years as a professional, dealing with the long-term ramifications of decisions made by City Councils. I know that my experience will bring a unique and valuable perspective to this important organization at a critical time. I hope that you will give me your serious consideration as you vote in the upcoming election. Thank you.
About Public Works
Public works is a multi-dimensional concept in economics and politics, touching on multiple arenas including:
- Recreation (parks, beaches)
- Aesthetics (trees, green space)
- Economy (goods and people movement, energy)
- Law (police and courts)
- Neighborhood (community centers, social services buildings)