My wife, Mary Jane, and I joined the chapter in 2007 after learning about the sponsorship program and the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth from Col. Scott Weaver, U.S. Army Retired. We have thoroughly enjoyed ten years of sponsoring officers from countries around the world. Having an opportunity to learn about customs of these foreign officers and sharing local sites and events along with dinners in our home has been enlightening and enjoyable. The foreign officers participating in the CGSC program are remarkable individuals and we believe our role in welcoming them to our country provides an indelible and lasting impression about Americans.
I was born near Sioux Falls, SD on a farm with an agriculture background that led to a B.S. and M.S. in agricultural economics. Following graduation, I spent nine years as a flight instructor in fighter aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. After Vietnam, I decided to return to food and agriculture and have enjoyed a career in managing startups and turnarounds in various food processing engagements. Managing a China joint venture for three years and an assessment of 39 state farms in Russia provided insights to global enterprise development and the role of U.S. agriculture in feeding less fortunate countries.
MJ and I have lived in Overland Park for 17 years and are blessed with one son who graduated from K-State University and is now a mechanical engineer in an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, TX. We are also blessed to be involved with foster children programs through Church of the Resurrection and Youthrive in Kansas. I have served on the GKCPTP board for the past five years. In February 2018, we will be traveling to Santiago, Chile to visit two of our former officers attending CGSC in 2007 and 2008.
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