Where did you grow up?

I'm a home grown Washingtonian. Born and raised 45 minutes south of Whatcom County in the Stanwood/Arlington area. I graduated from high school in 1989 and then received my BA from Western Washington University in 1994 (Geography, Urban and Regional Planning). Somehow some-way I felt I would return to Bellingham, but a lack of employment opportunities and finances forced me to move home. Four years later, I met my wife. Where did she live? Bellingham. We have been here ever since.

Describe your family:

I married my wife Willow on New Years day 1999 we have two children Aidan and Bella, a dog named Addie. We enjoy spending time together, riding bikes, going to the Bellingham Farmers Market, vacationing, watching movies, and most important eating together, our family loves good food. My wife has a blog and runs a nonprofit that she started in 2014. My oldest son loves Football and Skiing. My daughter is all about Gymnastics and pretty things. I enjoy doing CrossFit workouts, home projects, and I coach football. We are a fun crowd and tend to be on the loud side. No one would say that my family doesn't like to have fun.

What inspired you to go into real estate?

After I graduated from Collage at Western Washington University I spent the summer working in construction. After a couple near death experiences I decided to get my real estate license. Looking back it probably wasn't the best idea, being 24 fresh out of college and not having any contacts, finances or experience. Not to mention my only mode of transportation was a 1981 Honda Accord, that I purchased with my credit card, because my college car broke down on the way to rowing practice. Well let's just say that I have learned much since then. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and sharing conversation. I wouldn't call myself a salesman, but if I am excited about something, I love to tell people about it. Real estate has many opportunities to do these things.

Why do you enjoy Living in Whatcom County?

Whatcom County is a unique and wonderful place to live. Smacked right in the middle of two of the biggest cities on the west coast (Seattle and Vancouver, BC). The green and magnificent terrain and natural wonders are all here: ocean, lakes, mountains, rivers, islands. The list of activities are endless. Whether you enjoy finding that perfect cup of coffee and a fresh danish or a different golf course for every day of the week, it's here for you. The people here seem to enjoy life in a different way. Rush hour lasts about 20 minutes and is hard to find. People take jobs that may not make them rich, but allow them to enjoy and participate in all that this area has to offer. We have 4 distinct seasons, none of which are violent or relentless. You can rest assured that you probably won't be taken out by a tornado or a tsunami. We have great schools and teachers fresh out of Western Washington University standing in line for jobs, because they want to live here so badly. This is a safe place to raise a family, the crime rate is very low here. This is a place of expression and diversity with people freely sharing and experiencing the arts, their faith and political views. Whatcom County is a place where if you choose, there is no end to what you can experience here and the opportunities in all aspects of life are endless. There are not too many places in this country or the world that can say that. If your desire is to live life to the fullest, enjoy what you do, and thrive at life? Look no further Whatcom County is the place to be.