Husband, Father, Christian, Entrepreneur, Strategist, and Adventurer
I am a husband, the father of four wonderful children, follower of my Savior Jesus Christ, an entrepreneur, writer, scholar, and adventurer. With my family, I enjoy traveling, serving, learning, and most importantly, being together. Together, we have been to more than three-fourths of the United States and several different National Parks and Monuments. You can catch a glimpse of these adventures on our Family’s Instagram Page.
I have years of experience in strategy through financial consulting, web development, and marketing. I had been working in the world of online marketing for 6 years. I continue to work to keep myself up on the latest trends, technologies and services that are available for marketing, digital commerce and social media. These things have become a passion for me as I work to piece together the best ways to properly grow a brand in today’s marketplace. In the summer of 2009 my business direction took a little bit of a change when I approached my cousin, Golden Harper, for a new pair of running shoes. Together, we founded Altra and successfully grew it to become a global brand.
Now I work with young companies in helping them to improve their online presence and overall brand image. I also enjoy learning and educating others, especially my little brood. We love experiencing diversity and change. Travel shows us who we really are and that we don’t really know the world like we think we do. This is why I enjoy history, philosophy and religion. They show me how little I really know and that I have a lot to learn and teach my children. Adventure on!
My Latest Articles
How the Framers of this Nation viewed slavery In the creation of a new nation there would be many items that would arise and passionate debates would then ensue. The founding fathers had a duty to every person living within the colonies to receive the rights of...read more
Now that you have developed a product and have sold a few widgets you need to decide where to go from here. There are a variety of options to grow your company. I would contend that you would be best off by pursuing an approach that turns your brand from solely a...read more
The Lord told Nephi in his great vision, "And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the...read more
This past year has indeed been a roller coaster. As I reflect on the year that has been I must pour out my heart in gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings and great prosperity that we have experienced. As the chapter turns over to a new year I reflect on...read more
Every year we shop and consume to find the best gifts that will bring smiles to the faces of those that we love. We do all this in the spirit of giving and love. Amidst this season of spending and giving do we remember the real celebration and the why? I remember the...read more
The scriptures teach us a many example of a still small voice. We learn in 1 Kings of Elijah on the mountain top where the Lord was not in the earthquake or the thunder or the wind but it was a still voice. We learn from Oliver Cowdrey's experience that He will tell...read more
What's a trip to Portland and the Columbia Gorge with Multnomah Falls? These falls aren't the largest or widest, but they certainly are iconic. The view from the highway is good, but it is worth fighting the crowds to see it from the base and the bridge. If you're...read more
I am an adventure runner. While working expos and talking with interested customers with Altra I would often here the response, "Oh, I'm not a runner." I'd then ask how much they do run and I'd hear, "oh, only a few miles 2-3 times a week." I consider that a runner...read more
Since we've been married my wife has told me of this place on the Puget Sound that she visited once in her youth. She always made it sound magical. I wasn't sure what stood out to her more, the trip up and back or the stay on the island. Well, we just rediscovered...read more
Today's video blog recaps the fourth day of our Northwest road trip as a family. After an adventurous night spent in a Washington State rest stop, we continued on to Seattle to enjoy some culture, heights, ice cream, fish throwing and more. After Seattle we made our...read more
A glorious and rainy day was spent in Mt. Rainier National Park. En route to Seattle we wanted to make the most of the adventure. We decided instead of the quicker trip up through Boise, Tri-Cities, and Snoqualmie, we would go up through Missoula down to Yakima and up...read more
One of my favorite places in Utah to spend hot summer days is two hours outside of Salt Lake City in the Uintah National Forest. Here we are able to escape the heat, get out of the smog, and commune with nature. Every year the crowds seem to get larger, but there are...read more
In 2009 I sat in my cousin’s living room and he showed me what he was working on with running shoes. I tested the concept for myself and fell in love right away. It seemed right. The science and technology (or lack thereof) made sense. It was something that I felt...read more
About 10 days ago my wife decided to do another 50k to try to improve her overall UltraRunning Race Series ranking. Looking at the options we found this great little race on the Northern California coastline in the town of Mendocino. It is a first-year race - the...read more
This time of year is such a great time. A wonderful ski season has wrapped up and the trails are drying out. The snow is melting off of the jagged peaks and they are starting to call. I am really excited to start running peaks again. It's now that I can get up some...read more
This week had the privilege to catch up with Altra Athlete, Jason Schlarb and discuss his Hardrock ski touring adventure this past weekend. It was so much fun hearing of his adventure and being able to interview him then write up his adventure. Check it out on the...read more
Winter makes everything appear a little differently. I really enjoy getting up into the Wahsatch this time of year as the scenery looks vastly different than it does in the spring summer and fall. It's a great opportunity to go and feel the peace and serenity that is...read more
As I take a look back over the course of 2016 there is much to be thankful for. It has been a year full of blessings and adventure. We have been blessed in so many ways. I've been able to explore more of the world that God has created for us. And often, I've been able...read more
Only a few small clouds dotted the sky and the landscape was covered in white as I descended into a see of powdery fluff. Still learning to ski the soft stuff, I enjoyed every turn nonetheless. Skiing off of a peak that rises up nearly 11,000 feet in the Uintah...read more
As I walk alone, my thoughts find a gentleness as the breeze that blows around me. I experience a soothing calm that is enriched by being in the moment. I have found tranquility. This is the feeling that I long for when I step outside. It is this moment that got me up...read more
Wow! What a weekend! It was so great to get away for a couple of days. I needed this recharge. Thursday night, I headed up to meet Brian Beckstead for an early morning. I was going to sleep in a hammock, but because there were no trees it made that pretty impossible....read more
Before the young Joseph Smith could enter the grove of trees behind his home in upstate New York there needed to be many events occur to set the stage. Much had to happen in this world and beyond the veil for what has now brought light in its fullness back to the...read more
We are privileged to travel around this beautiful earth. Each time we do, we seek out His house. Each of the Lord's temples are magnificent, unique and beautiful. But the real beauty lies in the blessings and covenants within their sacred walls by the authoritative...read more
As I wrote my latest post it brought me to reflection of the conversation that Moroni has with the Lord in Ether 12. The conversation of Moroni's weakness discusses his strength of speaking but weakness in writing. The Lord then teaches us an important principle of...read more
Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I always learned the verse of scripture written by the prophet Moroni in Ether 12:27. And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my...read more
Do you ever feel left out or neglected? Do you feel like the harder you work the more you want something, but when it doesn't come then your dejected and frustrated? Do you feel that sometimes the world withholds what you feel you deserve? I think that we have all...read more
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" 1 Peter 1:3 I love what God has created for us, but best of He created a plan...read more
One year ago this weekend the country dealt with one of the biggest hate rallies that we have dealt with in a long time. As white nationalists joined together in a rally under the name “Unite the Right” took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, under their...
I have enjoyed reading biographies for many years now. They are a great way to gain insight into the lives of great individuals and what it is that made them do and accomplish great things. I am currently engrossed in another great work by Walter Isaacson, this time...
This past year has indeed been a roller coaster. As I reflect on the year that has been I must pour out my heart in gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings and great prosperity that we have experienced. As the chapter turns over to a new year I reflect on...