After serving three years in the Army, I knew I wanted to do something in business and also use my GI Bill education benefits. I had always been attracted to numbers. I enrolled at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington in the business program. After taking my first accounting class, I fell in love with it. I immediately set my sights on one goal: earning my CPA license.

I got a job with a local CPA firm in Kelso, Washington. I earned my required one year of work experience and also completed the education requirements by earning my Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance at WSU Vancouver. I then sat for the CPA exams and passed on my first attempt!

Shortly after earning my CPA license I found out that I had additional Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits. I decided to relocate up to Bellevue, Washington to attend Seattle University, where I earned my Master of Science in Finance degree. After having a child, my wife and I decided to relocate back to Southwest Washington, and moved to Vancouver where I still currently live.

When I’m not thinking about numbers in my free time I enjoy video games, playing guitar, and reading.