“Home” is what Delaware has been for my family since the 1700s! I was raised in Lewes, Delaware, just a short bike ride from the beach.
I attended Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, but after graduation, I decided to spread my wings. I left our beautiful beaches for the lakes and ski hills of Canada, where I attended Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. After completing my studies, I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I quickly realized that not all beach towns are the same. I picked up again and chased down my passion of becoming a back country skiing guide in Colorado for 5 years and then subsequently worked as a ski instructor and bar manager for 4 years in Killington, Vermont. After almost a decade in the ski industry, my knees and bank account (or lack thereof) told me it was time for a change.
My sister had moved to Nashville, and I decided to follow. I started working for a small restaurant group in the city and soon became the director of operations for all 5 of their restaurants; it turns out that all the beer and wine drinking I did in my 20s finally started to pay off! I met my wife Michelle in Nashville location, and a year and a half later, our beautiful son, Oliver, was born! We stayed in Nashville for another year, but the desire to raise our son in a quieter beach town was overwhelming. We packed our bags and came Home to Delaware.
Michelle was able to stay at home for the first 2 years, and I went to work managing Delaware’s busiest restaurant, Agave. When Oliver was 3 ½, we signed him up for Tee Ball in the Lewes Little League. This is when I realized that the restaurant world was not going to cooperate with me being the dad that I wanted to be. I started looking at alternatives and decided that Schell Brothers was the only place that I wanted to be. The leadership at Schell Brothers and its company mission of Building Happiness was exactly what I was looking for. Almost 4 years later, we could not be happier with that decision. I have the time to be a coach for my son’s baseball team, take him fishing in the evenings, and spend a ton of quality time with my family. My wife owns the most beautiful candy store on 2ndstreet in Lewes, where Oliver serves as the head taste tester, and I am proud to be the Community Sales Manager at one of our most prestigious communities, The Peninsula! I can’t wait to meet you in person and get to know you!