I grew up in a small town in Michigan. I played football, basketball, and track. My desire of fly fishing took me to Montana where I was a professional guide for two years. In January 2008 I started my career with the Colorado State Patrol, where I'm currently employed, following the career path of my dad, although he was a state trooper in Michigan. I've lifted heavy since I was high school. I dabbled in jiu jitsu and mma. I've been lifting competitively for a few years. I've broken and held several national and state records in NASA.