WHAT I DO NOW:
Vice President/Publisher for the Bossier Press Tribune Newspaper in Bossier City, LA
MY WORK/JOB CONSISTS OF:
Where do I start? Essentially, I have the sincere honor and pleasure of leading our BPT team! Having a presence in the community (volunteering both for community service events and also for area organizations (board member)), making sure that our newspaper serves God and our community in a manner that is profitable not only for God and the community, but also for our team members and their families......oh, and lots of hard work too!
HOW I GOT FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT:
Worked in family electronics and appliance distribution business from age 12; graduated from Captain Shreve High; finished at LSUS in 1985; completed MBA at Centenary College 1994, working in the family business the entire time; family business closed in late 2000 (after almost 40 years). My age at the time was 39. I went to work at the newspaper shortly thereafter and served as Advertising Manager for almost 12 years before moving to the role of Publisher.
HOW I GOT TO LSUS:
I was considering three options - enrolling at the University of Alabama on a music scholarship, enrolling at LSU Baton Rouge (lifelong plan and dream) and enrolling at LSUS. I chose LSUS because of its great reputation and also upon the advice/recommendation of several friends and relatives who had attended LSUS. It has a reputation for providing an excellent education; plus, it allowed me to stay home and work in the family business. I had decided by that time that working with family was what I really wanted to do in my career.
FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS:
Great classes, great teachers, wonderful friendships formed with fellow students and professors; the UC in the early days
LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME:
Too many to list, but here are just a few. I just worry that I will leave some out! Dr. Mike Brendler, Dr. Harvey Rubin, Dr. John Vassar, Dr. Jim Reed, Dr. Patricia Bates, Dr. Charlotte Jones, Dr. George Kemp, Dr. Robert Colbert ...and many..many others!
HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED:
Great discipline in both the tough level of the course curriculum and the expectations of the professors - not that you always and constantly remember every single thing that you are taught, but knowing where to go to find what you need and how to ask the right questions when you are in search of information/education. A GREAT EDUCATION...NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!
ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS:
Go for it! Don't let anyone or anything stop you. Even if things get off to a shaky start, stick with it and see it through to the end. Where you start may not be where you end up when you are finished; your choice of a major or field of study may change. Go with your passion/interests. Whatever the situation or circumstances, just make sure that you stick with it and see your way through to the end. No matter how long it takes you, don't let anything stop you from getting your degree!!
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD:
Make sure this is something that you really, really want to do - day in and day out.
TIPS ON CHOOSING A CAREER/MAJOR:
What is your calling? If you are not passionate about it and do not really have a drive for it, both your professional success and enjoyment of life are going to be very limited.
MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE:
Changing careers at age 39 when my family's business closed
MY TOUGHEST PERSONAL CHALLENGE:
In view of my career change at age 39, it was very personally challenging to wrap my mind, heart, soul and passion around a new professional environment and industry because I had never envisioned doing anything other than the family business. However, I gave this new opportunity my all and it has really worked out well for me!!
SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE:
Outstanding Young Men of America 1988 & 1992; Shreveport Jaycees Outstanding First Year Member (1989-1990); Shreveport Bossier Advertising Federation President's Service Award (2003-2004); Shreveport Bossier Advertising Federation President's Service Award (2005-2006); Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat Service Recognition Award (2005); Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of The Quarter (2006); President LSUS Alumni Association (2006-2008); President Shreveport Bossier Advertising Federation (2006-2008); Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of The Quarter (2007); Steering Committee Member Bossier Relay For Life (2007-present); Publicity Chair Bossier Relay For Life (2008-present); LSUS Circle of Excellence Award (2010); Diplomat Chair Bossier Chamber of Commerce (2010); Boy Scouts of America Fundraising Committee (2010-present); President Keep Bossier Beautiful (2012)
I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE:
You have to see things through. Even when the odds are against you and you feel like giving up, don't quit. Don't let the little things stop you or get in your way. If someone tells you that you can't do something ("Oh, you can never do that or accomplish that."), do everything you possibly can to prove them wrong!
WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD:
Working even more than I already am in my church!