Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Occupation: Emergency Manager, TX Air National Guard

Ideal Day in Fort Worth: I host international travelers and backpackers throughout the year. My sample tour guide starts in downtown, walking through Sundance Square, then hopping in the car or bike and heading north to the Stockyards to see the cattle drive. Then we'd head down to the Cultural District and visit the Amon Carter or Science and Natural History museum. Then we'd head down Camp Bowie and make our way to Sansom Park's overlook of the Naval Air Station to give a glimpse into our history as a military community. Then we'd head towards TCU, and then head back to downtown for dinner and drinks.

What do you like most about working in the tourism/hospitality industry?
I don't work in the tourism industry, but since I host international travelers, I am automatically an ambassador of the city. There's nothing greater than showing people the city I love, and dispelling the rumors about Americans by showing our true hospitality.

How would you describe Fort Worth to a visitor?
It's a big city with a small town feel. I've lived here for 20 years, and even though our population is swelling to match Dallas', we retain our small town atmosphere.

What makes Fort Worth different than any other destination?
It has literally everything you need. If you like the outdoors, you can canoe, rock climb, hike, bike, trail run. If you're an urbanite, you can can hang out a coffee shop on the Near Southside, or go shopping at a boutique in West 7th. If you're a foodie or craft beer fanatic, amazing food and a refreshing beverage is always a stone's throw away. It has a truly communal feel to it because we believe in not only our city, but ourselves and each other.