My heroes are Ronald Reagan, Jerry Clower, Winston Churchill, William T. Sherman, Margaret Thatcher and Simon Kenton the great frontiersman.


  • Self-employed Farmer
  • Real estate Broker Graff Land Services 2009 to present
  • State Executive Director Illinois Farm Service Agency/United States Department of Agriculture 2001-2009


  • Honors Graduate Illinois State University B.S. in Agricultural Industry Management

Most Recent Experiences

  • Illinois Beef Association state board of directors
  • Board member Encompass Grain & Rail
  • Vice-President Logan County Economic Development Partnership
  • Chairman Logan County Planning Commission
  • President Illinois State University Agricultural Alumni Association







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    February 7, 2016
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