Kenneth was born at DeSoto Memorial Hospital on July 24, 1979 a full 4 minutes ahead of his twin sister, Dana, at the capable hands of Dr. Kayum Mohammadbhoy. Having satisfied his desire in the womb to be the oldest sibling, He immediately moved on to his next goal of being his parent’s favorite son. His twin sister and younger sister will freely admit that he achieved this goal very early in life despite their best efforts to hold him back in this regard.
He spent the next seventeen years in Arcadia doing various and sundry normal things, including but not limited to playing baseball, playing football, fishing, going to school, being the favored son, and trying to stay alive with a below-average level of maturity and common sense. Despite these shortcomings, he graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1997 in one piece and with slightly above average grades.
After high school, he attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Having been quite the Lego builder as a small child, he decided it would be “cool” to be some type of engineer. Thus he began his college career with a major in Physics. One of his sophomore year classes by the name of “Theoretical Mechanics” taught him that there was more to saying “I’m a physics major” than just sounding smart. Upon learning that his first test in Theoretical Mechanics was not, in fact, theoretical, he decided that a career in something not so black-and-white as math might be more fitting for one of his temperament and abilities. His pencil had barely hit the desk after that very real Theoretical Mechanics test when he was on my way to see his guidance counselor. He changed his major to Pre-law, also known as Political Science to his guidance counselor, and started the journey of becoming a lawyer.
Leading up to graduating with a B.S. degree from Florida Southern in 2001,he was wisely advised by his college guidance counselor to apply to several law schools in light of his not-so-theoretically low GPA that resulted from his not-so-theoretically low grades as a physics major. Never one to let sound advice get in the way of big dreams, he, of course, applied to only one law school. Cursing my guidance counselor and her crystal ball, he crumpled that law school’s rejection letter with a newfound drive to “make it.” While working two jobs and listening to the advice of his betters, he retook the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and applied early to several law schools. he began his law school career at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Davie, Florida, in 2002 and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2005.
His first job was in Miami working for a firm based out of Birmingham, AL. He and his wife moved back to Arcadia in 2006 just one month after the birth of their first child. Local attorney David Carlton, Esq. hired him as an associate attorney in 2006, a position he held until opening his own practice in 2011.
Although he considered passing the Bar exam on his first try and opening his own law practice to be among his biggest achievements, it is several steps behind a few others. His first and greatest achievement is having the good sense to marry his high school sweetheart and fellow Arcadia native Lacy Shelton Hancock. After 4 years apart from each other during their college careers, they just happened to meet up during that post-college/pre-law school “break.” It was love at first site all over again. Second on his list of greatest achievements is becoming a father (x3). Third on his list of achievements is being able to maintain a high enough level of maturity as befits an attorney, while also maintaining a low enough level of maturity so as to be considered by his wife as her fourth child.
Kenneth was appointed to serve on the DeSoto County Hospital District Board of Directors by the Florida Governor to serve a term beginning on February 17, 2017.