LIFE STORY\ Age: 56\Family: wife, Marlene; children, Wendy, Laurel, Greg, Kendall, Spencer\ Education: Spanish Fork High School; bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from Brigham Young University\ Occupation: Financial consultant\ CITY STATS

Size: 17.88 square miles\ Population: almost 69,000\ Budget: $27 million\ Number of Employees: 320 full-time equivalents Mayor's salary: $1,100 monthly, part time\ PERSONAL\ Politics: All Orem politics are non-partisan\ First "real" job: Was raised on a farm, so remembers milking cows, feeding chickens and hauling hay almost as soon as he could walk.

Management style: Feels he is the leader of a team of people who all work together for one goal.

Why I like being mayor: "I like being mayor because I see the city get better, and I feel that I can have a permanent impact for good on the lives of the residents."

Why I hate being mayor: "Hate is a strong word, I would say why I dislike being mayor. The only thing that bothers me is the hostility that public figures sometimes receive from members of the community."

Recipe for success: Hard work, knowledge/skill and personal integrity.

A memorable failure: Laughed but said he couldn't think of one.

Heroes: Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln.\ Leisure: Things with family like sports and outdoor recreation activities. Also gardening and reading.

Favorite book: High-quality historical novels such as "Exodus." Anything by Leon Uris or James Michener.

Favorite movie: "Ten Commandments."