I recognize the great deal of trust that the over 40,000 residents in our city place in me as an elected official. I promise to value that trust by listening to the requests of our residents, informing residents on issues and to be prepared and actively participate at meetings.
My city council campaign, and subsequent time in office has been focused on increasing economic development and driving efficiency in government to lower costs and fees for residents. I’ve also concentrated on finding ways to engage residents in policymaking and creating more of a sense of community and participation, mostly through leveraging technology and promoting better, more frequent communication. This will continue to be my focus as your Mayor and I believe that my background and experience in business, leadership and technology are assets for the City and will continue to serve it well in my various roles as an elected official, RDA Board Member, UPD Board Member and Jordan River Commission board member.
I ran for City Council because I love Riverton and want to contribute to the success of the place my family and I hope to always call home. I’m now running for Mayor for the same principal reason.
Together with the support of my family, the decision was made to run for the office of your city Mayor. It is through faith and a love for my city that I am now moving ahead with this campaign and I humbly ask for your support. This is not just my campaign however, it is all of ours as residents of Riverton. Together we can make a better tomorrow for our city, our children, grandchildren and the future generations to come.
I was raised in a large family with 9 siblings and attended Bingham High School. I learned from amazing parents early in my life the value of hard work, effective communication, financial responsibility and continuous improvement. My father was the first in his family to graduate from college after serving in the military and then went on to become a teacher, coach and later moved into the business world. I graduated from Bingham High School and, after serving a mission for my church in Tahiti, I worked my way through college to pay for my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, focusing my studies in Political Science and Economics. I met my wife Alisha while pursuing my MBA that I received from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. We have been married for 10 years and have 2 children.
For almost 20 years, I have demonstrated the leadership necessary to run both successful start-up and Fortune 500 organizations in the Direct Sales, Finance and Technology industries. I currently work on the advisory board of a publicly traded company, managing one of their operational units in Utah. Prior to that, I was on the corporate leadership team of a global direct sales company that operates in over 35 markets serving as the VP Technology. In that role, I was responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership of global integrated systems, software and IT infrastructure, which included the creation of mobile and web applications for their distributors worldwide. I have also held management positions for a nationwide mortgage brokerage firm and at Morgan Stanley. I have also held a principal broker real estate license in the state of Utah for over 10 years.