Rep Wrap is an interview-style series highlighting the NRA Field Representatives on the front lines of Friends of NRA fundraising. Learn about these dedicated men and women who live, love and preserve our Second Amendment freedoms and American heritage in their own words… You may be surprised by the unique and varied backgrounds, interesting hobbies, and remarkable pets that they reveal!
What did you do in your previous life?
I’ve had several past lives—in corporate America, hospitality and nonprofits. I’ve done everything from restaurant management and training, community outreach and volunteer management to corporate relocation, facilities management and special projects. The things I learned in those roles, and from playing sports all my life, have certainly helped make me the Field Rep that I am.
How did you get involved with Friends of NRA?
I did not own or shoot a gun until I was 30 when I was introduced to firearms and self-protection by someone who cared. It created a passion in me that has driven me to promote firearms safety, training and education. After getting involved with NRA by volunteering for NRA-ILA, I decided that I wanted to make protecting the Second Amendment my job. I began volunteering at my hometown Friends of NRA event with about nine others around Texas where we learned about the program and meet the volunteers and staff involved. When the previous South Texas rep retired, I jumped at the chance to apply… And here I am!
Favorite firearm and why…
My first and favorite gun is the 1911 .45 ACP. The 1911 is classic and beautiful, strong and dependable. It just feels right in my hand. It’s very empowering.
Name 5 things you can’t live without.
“God, Country, Family” is my motto, but to get to five I’d have to add chips and queso and accessories (guns, shoes, bling)! Or Texas … I don’t think I can live without Texas.
Tell us something unique about you.
Each year I pick a “Color of the Year” for all my area’s Friends of NRA activities. Favorites have been blue and green—our most successful, record-setting years! This year we are definitely having fun with silver in honor of Friends of NRA’s 25th Anniversary. I keep my toes painted in various shades of the Color of the Year and use the color in all things Friends throughout the year. I also have lucky socks! About the same time I began the Color of the Year tradition, I started coming up with themed wardrobes for special meetings. The past summer was black and white, and one of my favorites was the Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky where I went with a “roses” theme. I can’t wait for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas—it’s going to be Texas all day, every day!
Nothing makes Friends of NRA more unique than the people who make it all happen.
Republished from Traditions Quarter 3: 2017
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