AGE 39President, Benchmark Construction Inc.
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How did you make your first dollar?Selling a
Star Wars figure.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University
Community work: Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Associated General Contractors of Alaska, West High Alumni Hockey Tournament, raised more than $60,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness through an Adventure Racing Team
Family: Wife Laurel, sons Caiden and Deven
Favorite lunch spot? Midnight Sun Brewery
Best stress reliever? Mountain biking
Favorite place in Alaska? On one of my bikes.
Your most memorable experience that could only have happened in Alaska. Grabbing a moose by the antler while standing at my front door (it was eating our jack-o-lanterns).
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in Alaska? A king salmon jumped into the boat and “swam” down the length of the boat into the net.
Name the person you most respect and why. My parents. My father made a successful career without jeopardizing his integrity or honesty. His negotiating skills magnify these base values. My mom taught me the joy of making friends and honoring relationships. I pride myself on my ability to keep and maintain lifelong relationships, whether personal or professional.
Famous quote to live by: “Live loud!”
What did your pet or child teach you about business? Have fun.
Favorite superhero? McLovin (from Super Bad movie). Because he has the power to make me laugh.
What was your biggest challenge in life and how have you overcome it? Being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) has been my biggest challenge in my life. RP is a degenerative eye disease that leads to blindness. Learning about the disease, adapting to visual impairment, and educating the public were my first steps to overcoming. Education is the single most important aspect of visual impairment, especially RP. It is a curable disease, but without the exposure it will continue to be passed to future generations.
What was the least intelligent thing you’ve ever done or seen and what did you learn from it? Becoming a general contractor was probably the least intelligent thing I’ve ever done ... It’s like running in front of a steam roller picking up nickels.
Describe something you learned as a child that made a difference in your later years. The most relentless guys on the block always ended up winners.