My family moved to Natchitoches in 1964 when I was 11 months old. Having grown up on a farm raising 35 head of cattle, I learned the value of hard work at a young age. My summers were spent baling hay. I lived on my family's farm on Fish Hatchery Road for 31 years.
I attended school in Natchitoches, graduating in 1982 from Natchitoches Central High. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northwestern State University in 1986. I am married to Ginny Fontenot Waskom and we have 3 children and three grandchildren. We attend Westside Baptist Church.
As a successful businessman, I have supported the local economy by creating and maintaining thousands of jobs over the last 35 years. From 1987-2010, I was President and owner of the Campus Corner Bookstores in Natchitoches, with other locations in Shreveport and Monroe. Because of business market changes in the Textbook industry, I shifted my business focus to property management, property development and investment opportunities. In October 2012, I ventured into the restaurant business through ownership in Smoothie King and, later, Dickey's Barbecue Pits in Natchitoches and Lafayette.
My active participation in charitable, community and service organizations has given me the opportunity to understand the people of Natchitoches Parish, their needs and concern. I also served a two-year term as President of the NSU Foundation. As a member of the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club, I was on the Board of Directors for nine years and Treasurer for five. Presently, I am on the Board of Directors of the HDBA serving as Treasurer and I'm a member of the Natchitoches Rotary Club.
I want to use my financial success to create a pathway to solve the issues this Parish is facing. As Parish President, it will be my goal to work within the current budget structure to ensure we meet the needs of the parish citizens through infrastructure improvement and business development.