Born and raised in Watersmeet, MI and graduated from Watersmeet High School (valedictorian). Attended Michigan State University where he played baseball for the Spartans and graduated with high honors and a degree in Social Science. Had post graduate studies at Northern Michigan University. Served 10 years as the Executive Director of the Lac Vieux Desert Chippewa Tribe and assisted with the casino/resort, golf course, and other various business development and oversaw the various governmental programs for the tribe. Was first licensed in real estate in 1979. Married to Jane (Niemi) for 38 years and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Interests include golfing, hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, and “chilling” at the cottage at Lake Marion. Avid fan and supporter of the region’s professional , college, and high school sports teams. Currently lives in Ewen, MI. Licensed in MIchigan and Wisconsin.