Born and raised in the furniture mecca that is Hickory NC, furniture runs through my blood. My mother worked in Lane's HR department for years and during my childhoood delivered papers to furniture designer Dave Zagaroli. Studied sports medicine, but decided to attend Catawba Valley Technical College to learn about furniture after Mr. Zagaroli pointed me in the right direction. Melvin Smith Jr., a senior designer at Broyhill with John Fassick, once told me, 'As a designer, there's nothing new under the sun and you're only as good as your sources and materials available to you.' Took the statement to heart reading every source book I could get my hands on broadening my knowledge of period and counrty specific furniture designs.