I grew up in Trenton MO and after graduation from THS in 1973, I attended Trenton Jr. College and then went on to Northeast Missouri State University (now called Truman State). During my "growing up" years I enjoyed all the normal sports, but spent most of my time going to rodeos and competing in Calf Roping and Team Roping. In 1973 I won the Missouri State High School Championship in both of those events which qualified me to go to the National competition where I placed third! I joined the Barnes Agency in 1979 as an agent and have spent my entire career with this company. In 1989, with the help of a financial partner I was able to buy the company that I had went to work for 10 year previous. In 2003, we formed Senior Marketing Specialists and began recruiting and training agents across the entire country. I love our business and gain my greatest enjoyment from seeing new associates come to our company and supporting, training, motivating, and helping them find greater success than they have ever experienced or expected!! I am lucky to be married to my best friend, Julie and we have 1 Super Son, 2 Dynamic Daughters, and 4 Gorgeous Grandchildren!!