Hi Folks. I’m a fourth generation Floridian – my great grandmother came to Miami back around WWII from West Virginia and my grandmother and mom lived for a short stint in military housing on Key Biscayne back during the war. I was born and grew up in the South Miami area. My family moved to one of those cold weather states when I was young but my mom wouldn’t stand for it long and we returned back to south Florida around 1980. I presently live in Hobe Sound with my wife Deb and our two children – Ruby our 5 year old daughter and Graydon our 3 year old son.

I received an undergraduate degree in Forestry from the University of Florida and after working as a Forester for the Florida Division of Forestry (after Hurricane Andrew) and as the Environmental Planner for Monroe County, I moved to North Carolina where I received a Graduate degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  After my course work was complete, I took a job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service working for the National Key Deer Refuge first as a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project Liaison then as the Assistant Manager.  I've been with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 11 years now and presently manage the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.  I think catching a tarpon, bonefish or permit on fly in gin clear water, next to the birth of my children and my wedding day, is as close to perfect as it gets.

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