Nicknamed The Beast, he is a fitness trainer and entrepreneur widely recognized as the founder and CEO of Wheelchair Athletics and Wheelchair Bodybuilding. A spokesperson and motivational speaker, he has become an icon for the disabled community.
In high school he was an active athlete and member of the football team. However, a tragic car accident made him paraplegic. Despite this he began athletic training in the summer of 1995 and a decade later he began bodybuilding.
In 2010, he released his debut book Journey about how a car accident in high school left him paralyzed from the waist down.
He is a native of Ottawa, Kansas.
Both he and Kurt Fearnley are successful Paralympians.