A lifetime of service
Taking on challenges here and abroad
In 2004, I began to doubt if the White House had a plan for success for the war in Iraq… but volunteered to serve because I knew that we couldn’t leave our troops behind. I helped organize the first free and fair elections after the fall of the old regime. On the ground, I saw how mismanagement of the war and its aftermath undercut the transition to democracy.
Despite my disagreements with White House strategy, I volunteered to join the First Cavalry Division a year later to do what I could to help. Over the years, I lost friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. Decisions made in Washington left our nation in disarray – and we still live with the consequences. I carry the lessons of that war with me every day. That’s why I’ll always stand up and get answers before we send our sons and daughters into harm’s way.
Creating jobs in Texas
After honing my global business experience by leading an international subsidiary of Daimler AG, I’ve recently focused locally. Today, I put my Army leadership expertise to work helping governments and companies solve complex problems. As the president of Grayline, I bring together experts and data to help craft solutions to the problems of our day and manage disruptive change. I’ve created good Texas jobs in the new economy – and I know how, together, we can make it work better for those being left behind.
Protecting our environment
For sure, the problems are complex – but they aren’t unsolvable. We can’t stick our heads in the sand, as Congressman Lamar Smith has done. While Smith follows the industry-led science skeptic crowd in Washington, the White House recognized me as a Champion of Change in 2013 for my efforts in energy and transportation – and I’ll keep working hard for our environment.