How does one even express the importance of an organization in their lives when it’s changed their path in such a significant way? It’s incredibly hard. But, in a few words, I’d like to highlight how the Missouri Pharmacy Association has been such a huge catalyst for my success professionally, personally, and spiritually. I want to thank so many of you as you’ve participated and invested in the process so generously.
In 2006, I was offered an opportunity to work for pharmacists in the state of Missouri as a staff member of the MPA. I came here to work on issues ranging from pharmacy practice act legislation, to association administration, to marketing the value of the MPA to pharmacies and pharmacists, to create content and build a social media presence, among so many other things. When I moved to Missouri, thanks to a job opportunity with the MPA, I met my wife, we were married and began to build a family (two beautiful little girls), and we began getting involved in our community.
In a few short years, we had made an impression on our community and I was asked to run for State Representative in Callaway and Cole counties. My wife and I accepted the opportunity and in November of 2014, I was elected to my first term as a State Representative. The opportunity to work for the MPA and move to Missouri was the catalyst along with providential calling. Not only has the MPA provided an opportunity to grow in a professional understanding of business, hard work, ethics, integrity, etc, but it’s also opened the door for me to have an impact on my community. For that, I’m eternally grateful to all of you who have invested in this adventure as contributors to our election efforts, and as those who found a need for a young man to take a role within your association in 2006.
So, now, I serve in Missouri’s Legislature. I walk the halls of Missouri’s Capitol in awe of the honor it is to serve there where few have had the opportunity. We took the Grand March in Missouri’s Capitol Rotunda on January 7th, 2015, during the Legislative Inaugural Ball with friends, family, and a few pharmacists there to celebrate with us. I was sworn in earlier that day in our historic House Chamber in Jefferson City. And, with a couple weeks of Legislative experience under my belt, I still can’t help but think about how much the MPA and pharmacists around the state have had an impact on making so much of this happen.
There will be more updates in the very near future about the goings on in Missouri’s Capitol, but I thought it important to write to all of you to thank you for helping set the course for myself, my family, and my career. It has been, is, and always will be an honor to serve pharmacists in the state of Missouri.