My wife Olya and I moved to Brandon in 2005. Since then, we have been blessed with three daughters, all born at home in Brandon: Klara in 2006, Agatha in 2008, and Renata in 2010. I was the sixth generation of my family born in Concord, Massachusetts, but grew up in two rural communities to the north and west. Until I turned 5, we lived in a trailer park in New Ipswich, NH. My father was a roofer and my mother cut meat at the local general store; they celebrated 40th wedding anniversary in 2015. When my second brother came along, my parents took a big risk on a better future for all of us and bought their first house just across the line in Ashby, Massachusetts, which they still live in today. Their hard work and family-first sacrifice have deeply influenced the man I am.
I attended the public schools and was president of my graduating class of 254 students in 1994. I was also named the DAR Good Citizen. From there, I went to a little school up the road you may have heard of called Middlebury College. A car accident and the financial burden of Middlebury tuition ended that, and I finished my degree summa cum laude as a commuter student at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, while working 20-25 hours a week to pay tuition. I rose to leadership in local and regional civic organizations, and served both as organist and treasurer of my church. For five years, I taught public high school history.
Since marrying Olya and moving to Vermont, we have been self-employed in tourism. We operated a 9-room B&B in Brandon for nine years. Since 2006, we have designed and operated hiking and biking tours in the greater Brandon area. I am a member and past officer of the Brandon Sons of the American Legion, chair of the Brandon Town and treasurer of the Rutland County Republican Committees, a member of the board of directors of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, and a member of the Brandon Select Board (chair), Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (treasurer), U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Crown Point Flotilla, Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants (director), Vermont Society of Sons of the American Revolution (treasurer), Vermont Society of the War of 1812, Naval Order of the United States, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (secretary of Ripley Camp in Rutland), The Royal Society of St George, Vermont Mensa, Marble Valley Grange in Pittsford, and in the past have been part of the CastOff 8’s Square Dancing Club in Pittsford/Rutland. We worship with our family at Brandon Baptist Church, where I am the regular musician. In 2012, I was Republican nominee for the Vermont House of Representatives. I have been a Brandon selectman since January 2015 and chairman of the board since March 2017. I have been included in “Who’s Who in America” annually since 2011.