Manager of the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
Who was your first mentor in life?
I’ve had countless people guide me along the way, but my high school basketball coach, Mike Greenwell, played a big role in my life and taught me a lot about patience, dedication, life, faith and giving back. In the world of concerts and events, my friends Casey Blakeley and Billy Cowell were a huge help and taught me so much. We’ve worked together on many successful events for nearly 10 years now.
What was your most memorable lesson?
When I was about 10 years old, my Dad had let me use my BB gun unsupervised for the first time. Although I didn’t shoot my eye out, I did manage to put a hole in the large window in the garage. A couple weeks later my Dad approached me to ask me what I knew about it and I lied to him. He explained to me that he could tell it was a BB hole and that the hole was about the height of my right shoulder, so he didn’t have a hard time figuring out what happened. He proceeded to tell me that he more upset that I lied to him than he was about me putting a hole in the window. He taught me that once you lie, you will have to keep lying. I never forgot that and have tried hard in life to be as honest as I can at all times.
What does community mean to you?
Community to me is simply all the people that live in one location and what they are doing to make that place as great as it can. A lot of people want change and improvements, but not as many step up to make those changes happen. I try to do what I can to make Decatur a better place simply by trying to having a positive attitude about our town and what the future may hold and giving back of my time or money where I can too.
Why are you involved in the community?
As a Decatur native, this town has been a large part of my story. I’ve been part of the challenges we’ve faced over the past 25-30 years and believe that we are on our way back up. Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” I think those words mean that changing the world starts with one person doing what they can. Lead with positivity and others will follow. I want to be part of the change and part of the bright future I see possible for Decatur and Macon County. I have one motto in my life: Work hard and be nice to people.
What advice would you give to people who want to do more?
Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Opportunities are all around you in this town. There are several places where you can volunteer or donate that a lot of positive things for our community. If you don’t know where to begin, contact the United Way, Salvation Army, Community Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, CASA, Decatur Park District, Big Brothers & Big Sisters. There are so many organizations that in need of additional help, don’t be afraid to step in. And don’t be afraid to introduce an idea of your own either. You never know who might jump in!