I am a proud Tennesseean and former University of Tennessee football player. I am honored to have been raised here in Cross Plains. Aside from my parents/grandparents, I can say with confidence that the biggest contributor in my development was the Bernard family, whose farm I worked every summer for more than 10 years. I have a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and am ABD for my PhD from the University of Louisville. Nowadays I am the proud owner of Tennessee Risk Advisors, LLC, husband to my wife Katherine, and dog dad to our Labradoodle Arlo and Bluetick Coonhound Earl.