Email: [email protected]
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
What year did you get started in the industry?:
I started in this industry on the retail side at the age of 14, working at a theme park called the Land of Oz which was situated on top of Beech Mtn. North Carolina. I worked every summer and eventually managed all 14 retail stores in Emerald City and in the Village of Beech Mountain.
After graduating from college, I joined my father’s sales agency, Nilans Alley. My brother and I bought the company from him in 1992 and eventually merged our agency with 8 other gift agencies. I have been fortunate to be able to work with key accounts and represent some of the finest manufactures in the Industry.
Tell us about your family, significant other, children, and pets:
I am married to Colleen who I met when she was a buyer for Macy’s Atlanta. I have 4 children, Mckenna (15), Keller (18), Taylor (33), and Christen who is deceased. We have a weird little dog named AJ and a pet squirrel named Samual who lives in our backyard.
When I am not working, I coach softball and have been a basketball coach at Christ The King Church for 12 years. Other than that, I am an avid gardener and try to stay in shape by running, so I can keep up with my kids.