The best advice I ever heard is … “No guts, no blue chips.” To make a true impact, you must be willing to take risks while not being afraid to fail.  

My three most recommended books are … Zero to One, by Peter Thiel; Make your Bed, by Admiral William H. McRaven; Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. 

To me, success means … working harder and smarter to obtain an outcome for which you can hold your head up and be proud of the result.   

People who know me might be surprised that I … love mountaineering and the rewarding challenges that come with pushing your mind and body to the summit. My next climb is Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) in Ecuador this January. 

My biggest pet peeve is … being late. A person’s time is limited and valuable. I always want to be respectful of their time and hopefully will get the same respect back. I hate being late to a meeting. 

Everyone in Amarillo needs to experience … a tour at the new Innovation Outpost. I can’t wait to see the positive impacts their programs will have on our workforce and economy.    

If I could change any one local thing it would be … the willingness to take long-term civic risks to maintain the health and viability of our town.  

This city is amazing at … I am so proud of Amarillo’s independent spirit and warm, welcoming attitude.  

My favorite place in Amarillo is … sitting at the bar at Crush downtown, interacting with fellow business people and out-of-town visitors.  

A local organization I love right now … Friends of Crossbar. I am very excited to work on getting access to the Bureau of Land Management’s Cross Bar Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA), north of Amarillo. We have the opportunity to create the state’s only BLM Campground. It would essentially be a sister to Palo Duro Canyon.