In 2012, I was given the opportunity to chase a lifelong business dream by relocating my financial planning practice to Glastonbury. I am now a Principal and Financial Advisor at Smith Brothers Financial here in town and I have never looked back. It has been the best decision of my life, not only for me, but for my family as well. My responsibilities include providing financial advice to business owners, overseeing the growth of the firm, supporting fellow advisors, and ensuring that we always adhere to our core values and service standards.
In the process of moving my business, I had the choice of living in a few local wonderful mid-state towns, and ultimately, I chose this town, Glastonbury. For my young family, Glastonbury had so much to offer 9 years ago, and what pushed it over the top was its great schools and remarkable kid focused community. As a family expecting their first child, there was no better place to be.
Today, I live in the Hopewell School district with my wife, Jennine Michaels. We got married here in town over 2 years ago. She and I have 4 boys together, Gavin, Patrick, Mason and Connor, all of whom attend Glastonbury Public Schools. They are spread across Hopewell Elementary, Gideon Welles, and Smith Middle School. It’s quite eye opening to be involved with so many schools at the same time.
For the past few years, I have been actively involved in as many kid activities as possible. At Hopewell, I have helped with school activities including the pre-COVID Trunk or Treat events using our big green truck to create a fun candy station. The laughter is priceless. I have coached baseball for Glastonbury Little League since 2017 and coached soccer for the Hartwell Soccer Program since 2018. I also lead a cub scout Den in Pack 180. There is a good chance if you are reading this that I may have had the honor of coaching your amazing kid.
As I continued to be involved in this wonderful community, the opportunity arose for me to make a difference by running for the Board of Education this Fall. I’m not a politician, I’m just a Dad, Husband, Coach, and Business Owner in this great town, and I want to help. There are many important topics surfacing in Glastonbury that directly affect our kids, our teachers, our parents, our families, and our administration. Critical Race Theory, School Mascots, COVID, Student Relocation, to name a few, have consumed the town in heated battles of right vs. wrong. My hope is that I can help end these battles. I don’t want to see parents locked in never-ending conflict or neighbors not able to share coffee at the bus stop.
My job, if elected, will be to help the Board of Education lead this town out of this conflict and into a space of resolution, compromise, and community. Neither the Board of Education nor our Administration is here to tell anyone what is right and wrong. I am here to listen to parents and give them a voice… all parents, regardless of political belief, a voice. I want to bring the focus back to Glastonbury’s heritage of exemplary education, elite athletics, and passionate arts and music for our children. I want our children to go to school to learn in an environment free from bias and have the opportunity to grow as confident, balanced young individuals skilled at the arts of conversation, listening, and understanding. Lastly, I want to bring light, and make transparent, the fiscal responsibilities of the Board of Education and use my financial background to assist in maintaining an efficient balance sheet. There are many financial risks that face our school system today, and I can help shed light on those risks and help mitigate them. There is so much we can do to improve all these areas, and I am ready to work for you to get it all done.