I completed my bachelor's degree in Political Science from DePaul in 2010, after a few wonderful years as a student in Chicago and as intern at the European Parliament through DePaul's Study Abroad program to Leuven, Belgium. Instead of walking the stage in 2010 though, I returned to the United States Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the infantry. I was already a Wounded Warrior from 2003; wounded during a 1st Infantry Division combat deployment to Ar Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq. My time on the TDRL (Temporary Disability Retired List) from those wounds was up, and I chose to return to service in early 2010. I not only returned to the Army, but also to Iraq. In 2011, I deployed for almost a year to southern Iraq, working in Nasiriyah and Basra with the 1st Cavalry Division.
I decided to leave the military for the final time in 2013, departing as a Staff Sergeant and service-connected combat-disabled veteran, in order to pursue my master's degree in International Security Studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., which I completed in 2015. During that time, I served as a Federal Pathways Intern at the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, and then spent some time at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics as a Desk Officer with a portfolio of defense and intelligence agencies.
I later married and moved back to my wife's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. I entered the family business, and am now the Vice President of Druther's, a small company that used to be known from Florida all the way to Illinois and Missouri, as well as internationally, as the Burger Queen, Huckleberry's and Druther's chains of restaurants. We've been
a part of the Dairy Queen family since 1990, and that real estate and
restaurant portfolio is still the main part of our business. I maintain my
interests in political science and international affairs as a Board Member with
the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, as a 1918 Society
Member of the World Affairs Councils of America, an Associate Member of the
Foreign Policy Association, as well through membership in several other
political science-oriented associations and groups.
I have very fond memories of my time in Chicago; most notably learning from professors Stalley, Callahan, Farkas and Block. I wish you all the best at DePaul. Best wishes from Kentucky.