For 26 years, I have been proud to call Manassas home.

While my family history is firmly planted in Texas, I am a product of the Midwest. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, my family and I lived throughout the central part of the country as my father climbed the corporate ladder. My high school years were spent in Ankeny, Iowa. I attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a BA degree in Political Science and History.

After Iowa, I attended Law School at Southern Methodist University long enough to realize that I did not want to practice law but long enough to meet and court a dancer from Buffalo named Amy Grant. In 1981, after Amy received her Masters degree in Dance, we were married. I began my own business career while Amy danced professionally in Texas. Two children followed, Colin in 1986 and Cece in in 1990.

1990 also brought us to Manassas when I accepted a promotion to the DC area. Manassas has been our home ever since.

“For Manassas to be viable in an ever-challenging future, it must build on its strengths, adapt and evolve. My focus is the well-being of our 42,000 residents.”

My business career continued and eventually I became the CFO/COO for the Mid-Atlantic financial services unit of American Express, then Ameriprise. Our children grew, doing the usual things that kids do, baseball, camp, etc. Both Colin and Cece attended the Manassas City Public Schools and graduated from Osbourn High School.

Upon graduation, Colin chose to enlist in the Marine Corps rather than go to college. He felt strongly about defending America and in the War on Terrorism. Colin served until he was killed in action at Habbaniya, Iraq on August 30, 2006.

In May of 2016, Cece graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs with a Minor in Economics. She also has a passion (and real skill) at photography.

Initially, much of our involvement in Manassas was through Amy’s dance career. Originally a dancer and teacher at Manassas School of Dance, in 1997, Amy hit upon the idea that Manassas, Prince William County and Northern Virginia should have an accessible and affordable professional level ballet company. In 1999, she became the Artistic Director of what is now Manassas Ballet Theatre. Under her leadership MBT has grown tremendously, now ranking as the largest professional ballet company in Northern Virginia, the second largest in Virginia and one of the 100 largest in the country. Through it all, I have served as the Executive Director (non-paid) of MBT. My payment is in my marriage!

“For 26 Years I have been proud to call Manassas my home.”

As Manassas became our home, my old interest in civics started to bubble up. I began serving on various City of Manassas boards and commissions including the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Equalization and the Manassas Business Council. I also served on the Board of the Prince William County Arts Council for many years, including being the Chair from 2008-2013.

With Colin’s death, my interest in public service crystalized.

I believed that Manassas was at a crossroads. It could become a great City in which to live, offering unique opportunities to its residents or Manassas could continue a pattern of downward decay that was in evidence through much of the City. Colin had demonstrated, through his willingness to serve and sacrifice, that people have to be willing (sometimes uncomfortably so) to step up to serve their community. I decided that I needed to step up my level of service and began the electoral process, gaining election to the Manassas City Council in 2008. In 2012, I was re-elected and was the leading vote getter.

In the meantime, in 2007, Amy and I purchased Air Distributing Company. ADCO is a long standing HVAC firm serving Manassas and the area since 1960. I work as the President of ADCO. Very shamelessly, we appreciate the business of all Manassas residents. As I tell my employees, “they’re not just customers, they’re voters!”

In 2011, VFW Post 5983 honored me with their Community Leadership Award. In 2013, I received the Seefeldt Pioneer Award from the Prince William County Arts Council for long-term service to the area’s arts community.

My unwavering goal in serving on the Manassas City Council is to help make Manassas the best possible place to live and work. For Manasas to be viable and to successfully compete in an ever challenging future, Manassas must build on its strengths, adapt and evolve. I am not interested in any political office outside the City of Manassas. My focus is on the well-being of the 42,000 people in the 10 square miles that make up Manassas.