Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended TAMUG from 1977 to 1981. Graduated TAMUG, May 1981 with MARSLo Degree and Third Mates License. Over the next 13 years sailed for Keystone, Lykes Brothers, and Mormac Marine. Received Masterís License AGT in February 1992. Worked shoreside for SeaRiver-Baytown.
Started teaching at TAMUG in January 1996. Sailed as Captain/Commandant on the Texas Clipper II from 1997-2000. Teaching on a Fall/Spring Appointment TAMUG in MART from January 2001 to present. Presently teaching, Celestial Navigation, Electronic Navigation, The Navigator, GMDSS Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), and CBR-D (Chemical, Biological and Radiological-Defense). Summer months working for CMTS-TEEX teaching Fast Rescue Boat, Bridge Resource Management, Basic Offshore Survival Training, etc.
Member of TAMUG Campus Judicial Board, TAMU Faculty Senate, TAMUG NROTC-PRB and Propeller Club Faculty Advisor. Other accomplishments include backpacking Appalachian Trail 1982, Pacific Crest Trail 1986, and Continental Divide (Mexico to Denver) 1990. Local involvement in Galveston Youth Soccer Club, Galveston Rugby Football Club, and Island Little League.