The armiger chose to
use tinctures of gules (red), agent (white), and azure (blue),
representing his American heritage. His ancestors were among the
first families to settle in New England colonies. Their descendants
later served the United States of America during the American
Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, the
First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean conflict.
For the shield's charges, the shaking hands represent the armiger's
relationship building through his profession of human resources. The
flanking escallops represent his passion for world travel - from the
east to the west. In combination with the shaking hands, it also
represents the relationships he has built across the globe. The two
Northern Cardinals over a chevron represent the armiger's youth when
he was raised in the home of his grandparents, in his home state of
Illinois (whose official state bird is the Northern Cardinal). The
acorned oak sprig represents the time spent at his alma mater, Lake
Forest College, whose logo contains the same.
The crest features a sailing ship, representing the armiger's
immigrant ancestors who sailed from England, Scotland, and Germany,
to begin new lives for themselves and their families. The red cross
on the ship's sail represents those immigrant ancestors who arrived
during the Great Puritan Migration, while also representing the
armiger's Christian faith.