I am not a politician. My involvement in city politics began when I decided to speak out against Mayor Stoney’s Coliseum replacement proposal. After reviewing the proposal’s financial projections and saw that the public was not being told the truth, I created NoColiseum.com and provided thorough analysis that helped to defeat the plan. I did so because I care about Richmond and couldn’t sit by as the city I love walked blindly into another big-shiny-project that would lead to disaster.
That led to me researching and writing on other topics of Richmond City Government that were then published in Style Weekly, which can be read here. Ultimately, I was included in the Top 40 Under 40 list for Richmond.
I was born in Nashville,TN where I attended city public schools. I attended a high school with students from over 60 different countries, making it one of the most diverse in the country. I am thankful for that experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Tennessee. I moved to Richmond to attend the University of Richmond School of Law.
I have worked ever since I was 16 (which is also when I opened my first retirement account). I have had a wide variety of work experience, from becoming a manager at a Quiznos at 17 years old, to working 12-hour shifts in a 28 degree environment at a Tyson Foods plant, to working for all three branches of the Virginia state government in economic development, reviewing proposed regulations, and in IT. Now I have my own business helping others start businesses.
I volunteer with the high school youth group at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, draft pro-bono wills for those diagnosed with cancer through the non-profit Legal Information Network for Cancer, have taught personal finance classes for single moms, and got black and white churches to come together for an event we called the “Christian Family Reunion.”
I am married to an amazing woman, Alexandra, who is smart, caring, strong, and beautiful. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without her.
In my spare time, I enjoy exploring Richmond with her, working on projects outside or on my car, and I have been bowling my whole life.