I grew up on a ranch east of Sonora, Texas and graduated from Sonora High School. I then attended and graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS degree in Ag Eco with an emphasis on finance. While attending college, I worked for a real estate appraiser and attained my brokers license. After graduation, I moved back to Sonora and worked in San Angelo selling real estate for a San Angelo broker. In 1978, I began working for my dad ranching in Sonora and have been ranching ever since and selling real estate on the side. While operating my own ranch, I was the ranch manager on another ranch for 10 1/2 years and built a whitetail deer breeding facility raising trophy whitetail for hunting and breeding. I also built up a guided hunting operation on this ranch. I continue to operate my own ranching business, raising Brangus cows and Boer cross goats.