- 522 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
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I have always enjoyed being close to the land. Actually, I moved into both the development and the preservation of property. The development of subdivisions is very exciting. The right changes to the land not only reveals it's grandeur but also provides folks with the opportunity to live in, and enjoy, these special places. I have also been a member of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy since the 80's. I think it is important to save special places for the use by everyone. The conservancy does this by purchasing property or development rights, not with goverment regulations.
I have lived in Traverse City since 1986 - when I moved here I knew I was home. The folks that live here are warm, welcoming, and share Northern Michigan interests. I was born in the UP and lived downstate for many years but when the opportunity arose, I moved North. My wife Dianne and I, raised our family in this special place and plan to be here for many years. In addition to enjoying the area, we know we will always have family wanting to visit.
The Traverse City area has so much to offer. From entertainment to recreation to outdoor experiences. It is an area that has something to offer for everyone. I find the fishing and hunting to be great, and our family enjoys dining at one of the many great reastaurants. If you have an interest in outdoor recreation, you can always find enjoyable activities ,and then, fine places to dine.
I received a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Forestry. With that degree, I was qualified to test for, and qcquire, my license to practice Professional Land Surveying.
Qualified to be a Professional Land Surveyor in 1983 while managing the Land Department for an oil and gas exploration firm. Opened Walker Land Surveying in 1986 and sold that business in 2000. Was elected to the Michigan Legislature in 2002 and served for 10 years as a State Representative and a State Senator.
I served on the Traverse City Area Public School Board for three years. That position gives one a good perspective about what the area has to offer for educating our children. My wife also taught here for 20 years. The Traverse City area is very committed to helping our children receive the best possible education. I also help with establishing the Centre Ice Arena. Its another great asset our area has to offer in additon to Howe Arena which has been here for decades