On January 10, I had the pleasure of photographing the inauguration of my friend Josh Mandel as Ohio’s 48th Treasurer. Josh is the hardest-working, most dedicated (to whatever he does) and honest person I’ve ever met. He has accomplished more at the age of 33 than most people do in a lifetime, including a law degree from Case Western Reserve, holding three elected offices and serving two tours in Iraq as an intelligence specialist. He inspires everyone who knows him. I could go on and on. Here’s a short clip about Josh that was on the news some time ago.
I’m really excited for Josh, but I still wish I didn’t have to write him a check every time I pay my sales tax. Oh well. At least I know it’s in good hands.
While waiting for Josh’s swearing-in ceremony to start, I noticed a bunch of press hanging out in the hall of the State House, so I decided to hang out with them and photograph whatever they were waiting for. It turns out it was Governor Kasich’s first press conference as Governor. Lucky timing.
If this guy looks familiar, it’s because he played the know-it-all mail carrier Cliff Clavin on Cheers. His name is John Ratzenberger. Even if you couldn’t see him, you may still recognize his voice because he has played a roll in every Pixar movie ever made, Including the voice of the piggy bank Hamm in all three Toy Story movies. He was also the host of a show called “Made in America,” which featured manufacturing companies that produce in the US. He and Josh have become friends and share a common interest in revitalizing America’s manufacturing industry.
This is Josh’s Marine Drill Instructor, Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Akins. This man gave one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve ever heard. It’s easy to see why he’s a big influence on Josh’s life.