Born in Oak Park, Illinois 1940 and childhood spent in small town, Northlake, Illinois. High School National Honor Society and athlete in baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, track and tennis. First Chair percussionist in high school band and Community Orchestras.

	• Beloit College, Beloit, WI. 1958-1963. B.A. degree in Government/Political Science. Full academic/need scholarship (room, board and tuition). Porter Scholar (top 5% entering students). Studied International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland on Johnson Foundation Scholarship. Varsity Wrestling, Treasurer of Beta Theta Pi  fraternity.
• Washburn University, Topeka, KA.  1967 Post-graduate courses in Business Law and Investments.

	• LaVerne University Law School,  LaVerne, CA. 1975-1978.  60 semester hours of law school completed in top quartile of class.  

	USAF, Captain, Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Active duty; 1963 – 1969, Active Reserves; 1969 -1971. Duties as Flightline Maintenance Officer and Commander of 2 Field Training Detachments. Received Air Force Commendation Medal for action as Squadron Maintenance Officer in Cam Ranh Bay and Nha Trang, Vietnam.

	Delger Corporation, 1969-1971; Registered Representative, National Association of Security Dealers, Charter Member, International Association of Financial Counselors. Held both securities licenses and life and health insurance licenses.

	Ormco Corp., 1971 – 1996, Marketing Executive. Positions held in chronological order were: 
        Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager, 
        Account Services Manager
        Product Manager
        Senior Product Manager
        Sybron President’s Achievement Award 1983. (One of 7 out of 6,000).
        Director, Product Development 
        Director, Professional Liaison. 
        Corporate Executive Team Member 1988-1994
        Established the “Lingual Task Force” and traveled to Europe and Asia, teaching a new orthodontic treatment modality. 
        Created the prestigeous “Insiders Club” (Marketing and R&D interface).
        Established the “Gorman Institute for Practice Enhancement”, an educational institute which draws close to 1000 orthodontists and staff annually.
        Retired at age 56 in 1996.
	Purchased property - 1992, frequent visitor until move to Sedona in 1997. 
        Since the year 2000, Ernie became active in community affairs and has held membership and participation in the following organizations:
        Westerners Hiking Club    
        Sedona Art Center    
        Vice-president, Voice of Choice for State Route 179 
        Board of Trustees, Sedona Public Library
        Board Member, Keep Sedona Beautiful
        Founding Board Member, Sustainable Arizona
        Founder and Board Member, Vision Sedona
        Member, Sedona Public Transit Advisory Committee 
        Member, Chamber of Commerce Tourism Bureau 
        Member, Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization
        Exec. Team, ADOT’s Hwy 179 Needs-Based Implementation Plan
        Councilman, Sedona City Council, 2002-06
        Vice-Mayor, City of Sedona, 2005-2006
        Invited speaker at the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO (Thursday, Sept 7, 2006 - Small Urban Projects)
        Invited speaker at the American Society of Civil Engineers - Transportation Division on “Context Sensitive Solutions” 11/15/06
        Commentator on city affairs 2007-2010
        Chairman & Website Creator, Sedona Reusable Bag Initiative, 2009
        Member, Inter-Community Dialogue Group, 2009
        Sedona City Council Liaison to Coconino County Sustainable Economic Development Initiative, 2010. Board Member, 2011-13
        Appointed Vice-Chair, Sedona Sustainability Commission, 2010-13
        Board Member, Sustainable Arizona 2011-15
        Appointed to Coconino County Transportation Citizens Advisory
                Committee - Oct., 2013
        Invited as Career Councilor to Humanities Students, Northern Arizona University, 2013
        Appointed to Sedona Community Plan Advisory Group, 2014
        Keep Sedona Beautiful Board of Trustees Executive Committee 2014-15
        Chair, Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument Coalition Executive Committee 2014-15
        Keep Sedona Beautiful Community Service Award - 2015
Married 53 years to Karen Lee Strauch, active in many local groups. One married daughter, Cinda Michelle Strauch, in Bend Oregon.

	Avid golfer, horseman and downhill skier. Enjoy hiking when not riding, love music and art.  A “preservationist”, I want to be remembered as having earned the title, “Steward of one of the Earth’s Great Treasures”.