Having been fortunate enough to spend over 40 years as a small business owner, pharmacist, and farmer in Sumner County, I’ve learned first-hand what our families, small businesses, farms, and healthcare system are facing due to difficult economic conditions and overburdensome regulations.
Born and raised in Sumner County, I attended public schooling before attending Lipscomb University and then graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After getting my graduate degree, I returned home to help run the farm and serve patients from behind the pharmacy counter.
For 42 years, I’ve been helping customers and patients in the Sumner County area as a pharmacist. I’ve co-owned Perkins’ Drugs, Springfield Drugs and South Side Drugs, Gallatin Drugs and McHaile Drugs, and Atrium Pharmacy. Since healthcare affects the lives of all Tennesseans, I’ve done my best to help better the quality and price as Chairman for the Tennessee Pharmacy Coop, Vice Chair for the American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., board member of the Sumner County Health Department, member of the Tennessee Pharmacist Association, and member of the National Community Pharmacists’ Association.
Aside from being a pharmacist, since 1975 I’ve owned Haile Farms, a cattle farm serving middle Tennessee. During this time, I’ve also been a member of the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
In addition to farming and being a pharmacist, I have been blessed to be able to serve our community in a variety of roles: as a church elder, board member of Christian Towers, board member of World Christian Broadcasting, Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian, President of the Gallatin Morning Rotary Club, President of the Gallatin Rotary Club at Noon, Leadership Sumner alumnus, President of the Southeast Sumner Community Fire Department, and as an Eagle Scout.
In 2010, I was unanimously appointed by the Sumner County Commission to fill the vacant 18th District Seat. During my 3 month service, I was able to influence the debate in Nashville in a positive way by helping practical, commonsense laws get passed.