Jeff hails from Buckingham, Virginia, where he grew up on a cattle farm with his dad, mom, and sister. He lived next to his paternal grandparents, and within a mile of his great and great-great grandfathers who were blacksmiths on the Richmond/Lynchburg stage road.
While in high school, Jeff started dating his now wife of nearly 40 years. He has one son and three wonderful grandchildren who live nearby. Jeff graduated from Radford University in 1981 and began his teaching career at the same high school where he’d graduated from just three years earlier. He taught Business and Marketing Education for six years. In 1988, he started his career as a sales representative in the education-publishing industry at South Western Publishing Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the last 32 years, Jeff’s had the privilege of working with teachers to improve learning opportunities in K-12 public and private schools.
Jeff’s other interests include, wine, art, food, gardening, and food preservation.