Larry brings six years of Middle East experience and over 45 years of government and private industry experience to bear for the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.
Larry began his U.S. Government service in 1970 as a cadet at West Point. His active military duty experience began in 1974 as an officer in the United States Army following graduation from the United States Military Academy where he earned his undergraduate degree. Subsequently, Larry earned his graduate degree in Finance and Economics from West Texas A&M University.
Larry's Middle East experience began in 2007 with the Department of Defense. He first traveled to Iraq in early 2007 with the Task Force for Business Stability Operations. Larry returned in 2009 with the U.S. Army, serving as the Senior Economic Advisor for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq.
In 2010, Larry was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq to serve as the Senior Economic Advisor for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Larry's portfolio was heavily weighted to energy matters earning him the distinction of being the U.S. Government resident expert on oil and gas issues in the Kurdistan Region. In this capacity, Larry served as the Liaison Officer to the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Natural Resources. He served for two years in this post, developing an extensive network of business and governmental connections both internationally and within the Kurdistan Region.
Larry retired from government service in 2012 and became a Vice President with Hillwood International, a Perot Company. In this position, Larry worked to identify investment opportunities for Hillwood in the Kurdistan Region and Turkey.
Following Hillwood's exit from the Middle East, Larry accepted the position as Executive Vice President for the Falcon Group, Kurdistan's leading Real Estate development company. While at Falcon, Larry successfully negotiated a major purchase agreement between MNR and a major international oil buyer.
Larry returned to Amarillo in May 2017 when he became the 7th Executive Director and CEO of APHS. "I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Amarillo's premiere non-profit organization. I look forward to making the Amarillo community extremely proud of the work we do at APHS."