Born and raised in Charleston and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1979. Worked for a steamship agency right out of college for 6 months. Then completed Officer Candidate School and then served on active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy for 4 years. Three 7 month+ deployements at sea. Remained active in the Navy Reserves for 22 years and retired in 2008. Earned an MBA at The Citadel and worked in banking and then Commercial real estate. Specialize in warehouse, DC, industrial and port related work. Married to Mary Morrison with 2 children.