Hometown: I am originally from Franklin, Ind., a little town in a rural area. My wife and I have lived on Marco Island ever since the year 2000.
Occupation: I was a farmer for many years. We ran about 75 or 80 head of beef cattle, and I was also in the flexible packaging industry. That means we made things like bags for potato chips, and laminated containers. I’d like to tour the new Naples Daily News printing plant — we did a lot of rotogravure printing as part of the packaging work.
Family: As I said, I’m married. Now let me think, I don’t want to leave anyone out. I have two children and three step-children. One lives in Memphis, Tenn., and the others all still live in Indiana. Growing up in a rural area, formal education wasn’t the big thing.
How he got to Marco: This is a beautiful place to live. Who wouldn’t want to be here?
Favorite place on Marco Island: Coming from a small town myself, I like the small town attitude you find here. People here are friendly, and that’s important. Of course, the climate is beautiful. And we like the Eagle.
Lessons learned: I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve learned first impressions are not always correct. I’ve learned you have to be tolerant of other people, even if they have different ideas from yours. And I’ve learned it’s good to keep yourself busy.