I grew up in Oregon, Arizona, and Idaho, a product of the Western United States. I obtained a master's degree in accountancy (MAcc) from Brigham Young University (BYU). While working on my MAcc from BYU, I did two summer internships with Ernst & Young in McLean, Virginia, doing work tax consulting and compliance work with large, public, corporate clients.

After graduating from BYU, I obtained my CPA license through the state of Colorado (License# 27335), and then started the Ph.D. program in accounting at the University of Michigan, and finished in 2013. After finishing my Ph.D. at Michigan, I worked for three years as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University. As of July 2016, I am an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I live with my wife of eleven years, Stacey, and four children, aged 8 and 7, and 4 and 2.

I enjoy cycling, tried running once, hiking, making things out of wood, spending time with my family, and listening to audiobooks.