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Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

I define civic/community involvement as being an active participant in creating an exciting experience for members of my community. As a community member, I believe it is my civic duty to improve individuals’ shared experiences in the place we value as our home. Being part of something greater than ourselves to bring enrichment to our community can immerse us in a culture that we are not used to and will expand others’ horizons for the better.

I’ve had the privilege of serving this community for years as a volunteer, resident, patron, voter and a part of several committees. I plan to continue my current obligations as a community member and pursue more avenues where my strengths can be utilized for the betterment of the community. In order to appropriately manage time commitments and have the opportunity to attend more events centered around Leadership Tyler and become a board member of a local nonprofit in Tyler, I have stepped back from Tyler Young Professionals Network, but not for forever. I gained so much knowledge of the city and where its vision for the future was when I joined Heart of Tyler’s Promotions Committee in 2018. I hope to soon be a member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and join the efforts of Heart of Tyler with a more fulfilling role this time around.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I plan on using strengths and insight I’ve gained as a manager to learn from new situations and perspectives. This opportunity to be a part of the next class is a great reminder that we can all become a part of something greater than ourselves. Taking the time to learn and understand the cultural behavior of all walks of life on this journey will not only improve my thought process but will help me navigate through future situations in my everyday life.

I believe that I currently possess multiple unique qualities that would benefit the next Leadership Tyler Class. I pride myself on my ability to read body language and interact with those around me accordingly. My friends think it is annoying, but I never meet a stranger, and if I do, I can usually tell by their body language they are unwilling to interact. I am also very attentive to detail, continuously considering what comes next. I consciously anticipate others’ needs and consider what I can do to improve the quality of their experience, both in my personal and professional life. Embracing effective communication with peers or team members is another important skill I have developed in my position and has proven to be one of the most beneficial forms of leadership. I refer to myself as 75% firefighter/detective, 25% banker.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

The opening of new businesses in our community is THE opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area. In my 29 years as a Smith County resident, I have never seen such abundant and prosperous new beginnings in our downtown area. Events like Red, White, & Booze and Hit The Bricks have spawned from them and Tyler would benefit from more. One thing I learned while serving on the Heart of Tyler Promotions Committee is that businesses looking to expand to new areas and grow will first investigate a city’s downtown area for what all is already functioning regardless of whatever else may be popular or exploding in other parts of the city. When I heard this, it left me dumbfounded due to the growth in Tyler being mostly in the south, not downtown. Even though Downtown Tyler has come a long way from where it once was, it still does not have everything that was envisioned for it.

I am personally engaged with this opportunity as a community member because it brings new life into the city with different personalities and exciting experiences for all residents. It continues the growth of a community that quite often can be narrow minded in its thinking. I believe that Tyler is on the right track toward an exciting opportunity we never thought possible and I cannot wait for it either.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Working in the financial industry, I face opportunities daily that could compromise my integrity. Integrity is one of my company’s CORE Values and I work hard to demonstrate this value to my team in every interaction. My goal as a manager is to lead my team in a way that will not compromise any element of our values. Standing up for what is right and consistently treating everyone respectfully is how we will set ourselves apart.

About 6 months after becoming a Branch Manager, I was informed that my branch would be permanently closed in the coming months. This crushed my team because every team member had promoted and grown professionally in those 6 months prior to the closing announcement. We were each given the option to apply for a position in a different department or receive an offer of severance, myself included. I took every opportunity to reach out to colleagues within the bank to help find different position opportunities for my team and encouraged the team to apply for existing openings. As a leader in the company, I knew closing the location was the right direction for the bank as a whole, but helping my team find positions to transition into was my main concern. Thankfully, all my team members were offered positions within the bank in new roles or locations.

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137

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

- Civic or community involvement is seen as the participation of individuals or groups, either formal or informal, that contribute to its betterment. This involvement can take various forms, including an individual volunteering their time informally by helping around the neighborhood they live in or formally by participating in local government activities, joining community organizations, and engaging in community development projects. It is about people actively shaping their community's social, cultural, economic, and political fabric on all scales.

- Within the next five years, I will continue professionally serving the City of Tyler in my leadership role with the Fire Department. With my new role, I am relocating back to the City of Tyler, so my goal is to become more engaged with social and cultural activities during my time off duty.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

- By gaining a wider understanding of the community groups inside Tyler, both private and public, and how we can collaborate on existing programs and develop new ideas to improve our community. Also, the experience is a chance to grow relationships with other organizations to share our mission and to learn from theirs.

- Coming from the public safety sector, I can educate others about all the assets our department can provide our community; some are obvious, while other programs can be better marketed. With a strong background in supervising and leadership skills within my department, I can present key ideas from emergency management that may differ from those of other agencies.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Although Tyler and Smith County have made vast improvements throughout our community, and past leadership has done an outstanding job paving the road for these improvements, there are always opportunities to build upon. One area within my profession of the fire service where we see a gap is incorporating community involvement with emergency services. Our demographics are very diverse, and the need for stronger community involvement in times of disaster, small and large, is critical to preserving our area. With established programs like CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and other disaster preparation programs, we could see our community become better prepared for any emergency event that might develop in Tyler. With the partnerships of other community leaders, my position with my department could shore up this need by developing and implementing these programs.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Some questions are difficult to answer because you have trouble recalling an example to draw from. This question is difficult to answer because it is so common, perhaps daily, that a compromise to my integrity happens often in my profession.

The community is vastly diverse. Many religious, social, economic, and cultural groups live in Tyler and Smith County. I would be blind to believe that my personal beliefs align with everyone I encounter. The public safety profession is held to a high standard that almost everyone comes to expect. Because of the diverse community and the high regard for my profession, there are times that my personal beliefs do not align with the person or group that I am helping. It is still my duty to assist all in my community while still holding to my integrity, so the compromise might happen that I accept the individual’s ideas and beliefs while still upholding the integrable value of my profession and personal regard. My solution is to engage all individuals with the same highest respect and dignity while holding true to my values and integrity.

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138

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

To me civic/community involvement means being active in your community, engaging in all the community has to offer, and people working together to contribute to the overall well-being of their community. This can be personal pursuits or beliefs that someone thinks can make the community better through volunteering, political involvement, community service or getting involved into local organizations.

Being new to the Tyler area has highlighted the need for me to get find organizations that allow me to get involved in the local community. In the next five years I I hope to make new connections with people and organizations that allow me to develop deep ties to east Texas and long lasting relationships with local people.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

My hope is that my time with Leadership Tyler will lead to new personal growth and professional growth through new relationships with local business and community leaders. I expect to utilize the knowledge obtained through this experience to help me grow so that I can make a greater positive impact on those around me. To me programs like Leadership Tyler encourage personal growth through relationships with other people who share similar goals - allowing for connections to other people that you might not meet without the help of a leadership program.

I think I bring with me a desire to make people feel like they matter. Learning about people and their stories has always fascinated me. I think that helps bring groups together when everyone in the group feels like they can make an impact.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Being relatively new to the Tyler area has shown me that although I moved from a different part of the same state that each region has it's own set differences and issues. I see that Tyler is a rapidly growing area and I was not prepared for the lack of infrastructure that we seem to have. I am happy to see growth, I think it leads to opportunity economically and socially for the people in the area. I would love to see a plan for the future growth of the Tyler area. From what I have witnessed there is not a central place or organization that publishes information on future growth in an easy to find place,

I would welcome the opportunity to be a part of an organization that coordinates with local agencies and businesses to put together a plan for future growth. Being able to make connections is something I have always been good at. I think I could use my skills to coordinate with local leaders and help to make sure information is available to businesses or individuals looking to relocate to the Tyler area.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

This actually happened to me recently. Being a customer focused person it has always been very important to me to make sure that I uphold a very high level of professional service to my customers. I had a customer send me an email about a change order on a potential project change that was being made to the contract amount of a project. I responded to the email to let my customer know that I would be getting to work on the contract change. Once I started looking into the amount that I was being asked to send a change order for, I realized that my contract amount on the job was correct and there was not a change order required to alter my contract amount. After some digging a understood that my customer needed to me "make up" a change for the job so they could recoup some money that had not accounted for.

Once I understood what was going on I had to have a very frank conversation with my customer about why that was not okay and I would not be a part of it. I explained that we would only be sending contract amount revisions for work or material that was actually a part of the project. So far the project is moving along, but I am keeping a close eye on this particular project.

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139

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Civic/Community involvement is defined as actively engaging with the community in which you live or work with the idea of bringing about positive change or dynamic growth in a substantial way. However, from my point of view, civic involvement is a much more personal endeavor. Community involvement is a chance to bring passion, ideas, experiences, and skills to those institutions that act as cornerstones in our community, not only to drive positive change, but to achieve a sense of personal fulfillment and growth. I hope to take the passion, the ideas, the life experiences, and the subset of skills I possess to be actively involved with those institutions that focus on education, which I find to be one of the main drivers of any community. I see myself involved with the Tyler Public Library System within the next five years, which is such an important part of the community, as a library is a bastion of knowledge that is available to all. I also fully expect to serve in any capacity that I am able with The Literacy Council of Tyler. My belief that education is a key driver to the success of a person, a family, and the overall community aligns almost perfectly with that of The Literacy Council, which is why, within the next five years, I desire to help in any way possible.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I believe the Leadership Tyler Experience will help foster growth in myself as a person. As someone who is naturally introverted, Leadership Tyler is a step into pushing myself into those uncomfortable positions which I may not normally be exposed to, or at least not in the same setting, with the intent of carrying that confidence forward into community service. Though naturally introverted, I have many qualities that would be beneficial to a Leadership Tyler Class. First and foremost, is my ability to utilize forward thinking. My default is to not focus as much on the here and now, but to look forward at possibilities, opportunities and challenges that may unfold in the future. As a financial planner, I practice the art of forward thinking and future planning daily, which lends itself to experience through practice. As wonderful as a quick resolution to a problem is, some of the most complicated issues or problems must be solved over time with continued effort and focus. The ability to see the larger picture instead of the individual brush strokes on the canvas is also imperative to planning out future courses of action. These qualities are not only something a Leadership Tyler Class would benefit from, but also something the City of Tyler will benefit from greatly.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Tyler outpaces the rest of the State of Texas in job growth on a year over year basis. With this job growth in mind, comes the ever-expanding need for an educated workforce. Not a workforce that is educated in terms of a four-year university, but a workforce that is educated at all levels. The opportunity exists to provide better access and, more importantly, better visibility to those educational resources and opportunities that exist in the community. Better education, at any level, leads to a more robust local economy, higher quality opportunities for those who live in the community, and more sustainable long-term growth in Tyler. The opportunity to engage in creating a better and a more visible educational community starts by volunteering at current programs that focus on that access and visibility or helping the local community allocate more resources to those current programs by being an advocate. Advocacy for institutions such as the Literacy Council of Tyler or The Tyler Public Library is something I personally aspire to, as it is a way that I could become more personally involved in the programs I find to be a cornerstone of the community.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

Throughout my career, sales have played a major part in my success. These sales determined the measure of success during employment, as most sales positions do. When I first entered my chosen career, there were sales goals which were required to be reached and if those goals were not achieved, then termination would follow. The day came when I knew that the current sales goal would not be reached by months end, however, the manager I worked for at the time had a simple solution. That solution was to sell a product to a client which was not appropriate for the client’s stated financial objectives, however, the product itself carried a larger sales commission for the salesman. By selling this product, it was plainly obvious to myself that the client would have been worse off by far and served no constructive purpose. Selling the product would have allowed me to maintain my employment but would have been a gross breach of my integrity. Maintaining the trust a person has placed in me is by far one of the most important aspects of my moral compass, so the decision I made was a non-issue. I drafted a letter of resignation and resigned. To this day, I have zero regret concerning the decision I made by keeping one of my greatest assets, my integrity, intact.

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141

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Community involvement, in my opinion, means actively seeking ways to better society through volunteering time, money, and influence. It is a way to give back to others and make meaningful contributions to my city in order to make it a better place for everyone. As an Eagle Scout, I believe being involved on the community level can make an impact and change the lives of others in my immediate surroundings and beyond.
Over the next five years, I hope to be deeply engaged with great people and organizations working for change in the community. I believe the time and money I invest with Leadership Tyler will pay dividends on the impact I will be able to make in the future with my personal, professional, and civic duties. I am specifically interested in partnering with organizations that help people meet basic human needs and provide guidance and care to the under resourced. I look forward to meeting other likeminded individuals who will be the future of change and innovation in Tyler Texas.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

If accepted, I hope to gain a better understanding of the Tyler community and the great people here who are working to make it such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. I look forward to learning about opportunities through the Leadership Tyler Program that will show me where my time and resources will best help improve our community. I would also like to leverage my time at Leadership Tyler to meet and network with likeminded, driven individuals that are working to become leaders in our community and beyond.
I consider myself an innovative thinker, creative problem solver, adaptive learner, and crisis management maestro. I enjoy finding ways to streamline processes and bring big ideas to life. I am eager to contribute my talents and experiences to the collective success of leadership Tyler’s Class 38.

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Tyler is a great city that has been invested in by outstanding leaders and citizens to grow it to where it is today. It is quickly changing as new individuals move here from other cities, states, and countries. With this growth comes a new opportunity to further develop a culture of people who will look out for others and help those less fortunate than themselves. One major issue that has plagued Tyler is the stark socioeconomic and racial divides that can easily be seen when driving between the North and South areas of town. I believe there is so much that can be done to bring the people of Tyler closer together and mend these lines that have been so deeply established.
There are many organizations that are making great strides in this area such as Bethesda health clinic offering healthcare services, PATH with living, housing, food, and healthcare assistance, and The Literacy Council of Tyler providing education to adults. These along with other nonprofits and organizations are working to bridge the divide and lift those with limited resources out of poverty. In partnering with Leadership Tyler, I hope to learn more about ways I can become involved to foster change in Tyler, in addition to partnering and supporting organizations I am already familiar with.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

A research scientist asked me not to tell a client that we had changed a major enzyme in one of our assays. The scientist had proven the targets of the assay were performing better than they had before the change, but there is significant trust put into our products and it is important for a laboratory to know of any changes so they can determine the best course of action for their Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). Usually changes this large would require a revalidation which is both costly and time-consuming, the scientist was trying sneak the change by the customer, and I felt it was unethical. I immediately told them that we would not ship any of the new lot until the customer had been informed of the change. I contacted the client and told them of the change and provided free additional reactions of the reagent to determine if the change would affect their process. Not only were they happy that we had reached out to them to let them know, but they were thankful for the free product and the ability to reevaluate the performance of the assay after the improvements. I am a firm believer that leading with the truth may be hard in the moment but will always be the best course of action long term.

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142

Essay Question 1: How do you define civic/community involvement? What civic/community volunteer experience do you expect to be involved in within the next five years?

Civic/community involvement is being the hands and feet of Jesus in and throughout the community. Whether that is physically volunteering, lending a hand to someone in need, or generally being a person people can count on.

In the next five years, I plan to continue to help out with my family's nonprofit, the Junior League of Tyler that my wife is involved in, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County. I also plan to expand my current involvement within our church, Church of the Pines, as I continue to gain leadership positions and as the church itself grows in size. Whatever may come my way, I always pray about it, then act upon it because I want to be a good steward with the time I have.

Essay Question 2: How do you expect to utilize your Leadership Tyler experience? What unique qualities will you bring to a Leadership Tyler class?

I expect to utilize Leadership Tyler by making connections with other leaders throughout our community that I may not interact with on a daily basis. This will expand my friendships, network, and bring familiarity throughout the town as my wife and I plant our roots here in east Texas.

Unique qualities that I will bring to the class include the Lord's love, passion to help those in need, plethora of sports background and knowledge, relationships and connections I have built through other groups I am a part of (for example Convene), and.bring to life the impact of a metal recycling business here in our community. I am a young business professional that is excited to help lead this next generation by learning how to lead in the best way I can..

Essay Question 3: What do you see as an opportunity for change in the Tyler/Smith County area? Why? How could you be personally engaged in this opportunity?

Coming from the large DFW area, and playing sports through high school and college, I was always surrounded with diversity. Moving to Tyler, it was very interesting to see that many areas in this community are still very separated and not intertwined. This was not an area that became a gradual thought, but rather it was something I noticed right away,

The difficulty in this issue is that everyone has to want it for it to work. Everyone has to make efforts in reaching out to those that come from a different background. To create a diverse environment, it takes the whole community coming together to start taking the steps necessary to accomplish it.

An area I see I can personally encourage diversity is in church. I went to a very diverse church growing up and would love to bring that here to Tyler, Being plugged in to a local Church and gaining leadership positions, I can be a part of a team that encourages everyone to pursue the image of what Heaven will one day look like with people from all backgrounds.

Essay Question 4: Discuss a time when you felt pressure to compromise an element of your personal integrity. How did youhandle it?

A time I felt pressure to compromise an element of my personal integrity was when I was in real estate. Real estate is a popular job opportunity for many as social media and marketing took the profession to the next level. On the outside looking in, it looks glamorous, flashy, with lots of free time, but that might not always be the case. How I always operated was to value the relationship over the transaction while thanking God for the opportunity to be a part in my client's journey as they look for their dream house.

With that being said, there are pressures from brokers, industry "standards," and peers that cared more about the bottom line. Often the only words are , "did you make the sale or not?" There was a time when the market was at its peak in the DFW area and I was working with clients who found a home they loved, When it was time to put in the offer, I sat down with them and explained why their offer was too high and why it was not a wise decision. I could have put their original offer in and collected a large commission, but as their agent, I saw myself as a steward of their time and finances. I did not want to win a transaction knowing it was a bad decision and eventually lose the trust and relationship I built with the client and their family.

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