Alex spent the majority of his childhood learning and mastering martial arts. He began instructing others while still in middle school, becoming an assistant instructor after attaining his first dan black belt. He continued to the learn and teach under his Master while in college, attaining his second dan black belt, and teaching classes of all ages.
In addition to martial arts, Alex has a long history working in the hospitality industry. He worked his way through every position in the industry, culminating as the Assistant General Manager of a beloved Irish Pub in his home town. There he was in charge of day to day operations, and ensuring a positive customer experience for guests. He was also heavily involved in the planning and execution of large St. Patrick’s Day and Fourth of July festivities when the Irish Pub partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Peoria for fundraising events.
Alex decided to move on from the hospitality industry and found a home that allowed him to utilize his teaching and customer service skills here at Suburban K9, making a natural transition to training dogs and working with their owners to solve their issues. Currently, Alex assists the Monona Grove High School Boys Swimming Team with workouts and flexibility training during practices outside of the pool. He has a love of the outdoors and enjoys; camping, hiking, backpacking and canoeing with his wife and Golden Retriever. Alex has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale as well as a Project Management Certification from Madison College.