Education

1974 – B.S. Plant Science, Chemistry, Animal Science, University of Idaho
1970 – High School Diploma, Clearwater Valley High School, Kooskia, Idaho

Business & Employment

1974 – Present: Owner/operator Spade Limousin Ranch
1974 – 1984: Idaho County Extension Educator
1974 – 2002: Idaho County 4-H Program Manager
1984 – 2015: Idaho County Weed Supervisor
1985 – Present: Owner/operator grass cattle/feeding business
2004 – Present: Owner/operator livestock transportation business

Professional Leadership Experience

2007 – 2008: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association/National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Joint Producer Evaluation Committee, Chairman
2005 – 2008: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association/National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Joint Producer Education Committee, Chairman
2006 – 2008: National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Operating Committee
2005: National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Executive Committee
2002 – 2008: National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Board of Directors
2001 – 2002: Idaho Beef Council – Chairman
1999 – 2004: Idaho Beef Council Board of Directors
1999 – 2002: Idaho Weed Coordinating Committee -Chairman
1998 – 2001: University of Idaho Ag Consulting Council
1998 – 1999: Idaho Weed Control Association, President
1992 – 1998: Idaho Weed Control Association, Board of Directors
1991 – 1992: Idaho Cattle Association, President
1990 – 1991: Idaho Cattle Association, President Elect
1989 – 1990: Idaho Cattle Association, Vice President
1989 – 1992: National Cattle Association, Board of Directors
1987 – 1992: North American Limousin Foundation, Board of Directors
1985: Idaho Weed Supervisor’s Association, President
1983 – 1985: Idaho Weed Supervisor’s Association, Board of Directors
1984 – 1988: Idaho Cattle Association, Board of Directors
1974 – 1984: Idaho County Cattlemen’s Association, Secretary

Major Awards & Recognition

2009: Governor’s Award Winner for Excellence in Agriculture for Education/Advocacy
2008: Beef Magazine Trailblazer Award Winner for Visionary Leadership
2007: Idaho Weed Hall of Fame Winner
2004: Idaho Cattlemen’s Association, “Cattleman of the Year Award” Winner
2000: Idaho Department of Agriculture, Special Award for “Dedicated Leadership in Building an Effective Weed Management Program, and Implementing the Idaho Strategic Plan.”