I want to thank the Tennessee professional photographers for voting me as their state representative on the council of The Professional Photographers of America (PPA). It is an honor to be elected for my third three-year term. PPA Councilors are professional photographers who volunteer their services and act as the voice for their state’s PPA members. Their duties include discussing and voting on changes to the bylaws and the association’s leadership. They also play a vital role in sharing the non-profit’s message with existing, new, and prospective PPA members in their state.

One of the major goals of PPA is to help professionals elevate their craft and grow their businesses. I have been working to give back to the Tennessee photographers’ community for everything it has given to me. I also serve on the board of advisors for Pellissippi Community College’s photography degree program. Furthermore, I have held most board positions at the East Tennessee Professional Photographers Association as well as the Professional Photographers of Tennessee. I have taught photography for the University of Tennessee Photography Certificate Program for more than seven years. I also do presentations and workshops for professional and enthusiast photographers throughout the country.

PPA is the largest long-standing, non-profit photography organization in the word with over 30,000 members. Founded in 1868, PPA brings together some of the most skilled professional photographers around the globe. PPA leaders also work hard to help bridge the gap between photographers and their consumers. This non-profit photography organization has helped countless photographers improve their careers with resources and education. As one of the Tennessee photographers, I consider it an honor to be a member of PPA.