I prefer having an occupation that serves others, and affords me time for my aging parents and for family in general.
I have dedicated my life to serving the people of Houston. The proud son of a teacher and factory supervisor in Pasadena, Texas, I understood from an early age the value of hard work and helping others.
I began my career of service as a licensed Social Worker in Houston and discovered a passion for helping others during my first job, working with adolescents. The youth I worked with struggled with poverty, abuse, abandonment, drugs and alcohol. After working with these young people in residential facilities, I began working at a psychiatric hospital in the medical center, working with groups and individuals in a psychiatric setting.
My experience working in the psychiatric hospital, connecting with people from a wide array of backgrounds, compelled me to return to non-profit work. I co-founded a youth center to help get young people off the streets and back into school. During this time, I used my Social Work license to help children, teens, adults, and seniors face seemingly insurmountable challenges. I worked at my paying job during the day and at my non-profit work at night to meet the needs of those who depended on me.
I learned early in my career the importance of political organizations in helping others. During my Social Work days, I served as an advisor to the City’s Health and Human Services department. Through my service to our City, I proved himself an invaluable asset to our community. I was an appointee of Mayors Bob Lanier, Lee Brown, and Bill White. I served as an advisor to the Houston Police Department for over two decades on the Police Advisory Committee, the Citizen Review Committee, and the Administrative Discipline Committee.
My passions for helping at-risk young people led me to further my own education and try to improve the education of children. I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston, Downtown and earned my Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix while teaching at San Jacinto College. After spending several years as highly successful elementary school teacher for many years, I began work as the chief compliance officer for a charter school. After many years in this position, I wanted more time for my aging parents and for family in general, so I opened my own insurance company.