I was born Feb. 19, 1961 in Quincy, IL. I was raised on a cattle and hay farm near Payson, IL. I attended one year of college at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., then came back home to work as a ring man and auctioneer in 1980 at Schuyler Livestock Sales in Rushville, Ill. In 1995, I purchased sale from my mother and father, and I still operate sale as long as 160 acre grain and cattle operation. I have been to several auctioneer contests, including some in Canada. I have been married to Michele for 25 years and we have 2 children, Justin and Ashley.