Who are your biggest influencers and mentors personally & professionally and explain why? My parents without question. My folks are some of the hardest workers I know and by far the most giving of time and resources. Growing up in the agriculture business, resources would come and go but my folks always provided for their three boys, me being the youngest. We always had that new baseball bat, camping trip with friends and even a private school education – how they did it is truly amazing. So many times in my young life, I’d want to quit if I wasn’t initially successful. Despite hardships and setbacks, we still have priorities in life and it is essential we stay firm on our commitments. I owe it all to Steve and Linda and my older brothers would say the same.