Who was the FFA Advisor that influenced you the most?
What FFA Chapter did you attend?
What are you doing these days?
After finishing my industrial engineering degree at Arizona State and my law degree and M.B.A. and Columbia University, I worked on Wall Street in New York as a bond trader at Goldman Sachs followed by several years practicing as an attorney in Phoenix at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. In 2018, I decided to return to my roots in Yuma to work at my family's farm, Coronation Peak Ranches. I'm excited to bring the skills I learned in the legal and finance worlds to Arizona's local farming industry and work alongside my parents to grow our company and continue my family's mission of farming top-quality conventional and organic produce that is distributed nationwide. When I'm not working, I'm spending time with my three children, Livia (9), Clara (7), and Luke (1), traveling someplace new, or scuba diving as a PADI Divemaster.
What did you enjoy the most about the FFA? What are your best memories?
I truly enjoyed the many opportunities within the FFA to learn new skills and compete against other students in local, state, and national contests. From the creed competition as a Greenhand to prepared and extemporaneous public speaking at the national level, I learned how to speak to groups large and small. I learned interview, marketing and sales skills in the Agriculture Sales competition and Robert's Rules of Order in the parliamentary competition. In my supervised agricultural experience, I engaged in a diversified agricultural production business, from growing ten acres of wheat to raising a steer for the county fair, learning how to manage my time, budgets, and physical labor. No other student organization can hold a candle to the FFA's ability to teach young students life and career skills that will stay with them throughout their adult professional life. For me, FFA's training served as a solid foundation from which to build a successful career--a career that included roles far removed from the agricultural world. Working hard to prepare for these competitions, starting first at the chapter level and following through all the way to the national competitions, both in individual and team events, gave me a sense of purpose and pride as a young student. I feel lucky and privileged to have been a part of an organization with such a strong purpose and rich history.