As an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I majored in zoology and minored in chemistry. However, in my last term, I took an exercise physiology course that was taught by Dr. Hugh Welch. I was hooked! That class connected my interests in sports, exercise, health, and science, and catapulted me into graduate school with Dr. Welch as my mentor. As a graduate student at Tennessee, I had the good fortune to attend the inaugural meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM). SEACSM was founded by basic exercise scientists at the University of Tennessee and has now grown into a highly successful regional chapter model (I like to say that it’s the best chapter!). As a doctoral student, I attended my first national meeting when ACSM came to Knoxville. Currently, the annual SEACSM meeting draws almost twice the attendance of my first national meeting. Since those first experiences with ACSM, I have considered ACSM to be my home for the basic science, the teaching, the application, and the medicine of exercise and physical activity, all in one place. ACSM is without peer in bringing together all of these interests; that is its greatest strength. This creates a wonderful cross-fertilization of interests ranging from the fully applied to the translational to the mechanistic and molecular. Within this broad interaction, I have always considered the basic and applied science area to be the foundation of our organization, and accordingly, I think we need to strive to retain and improve our emphasis on that area. Should I be elected President, I would continue working to preserve and enrich our basic science component, especially at our annual meeting. I am currently working towards this goal in several ways: 1) as a member of the ACSM Program Committee, 2) as a member of the ACSM Science Integration & Leadership Committee, and 3) as a First Vice-President of ACSM. As specific goals, I think we should maintain and strengthen our cooperation with the American Physiological Society (APS), particularly with regard to its Integrative Biology of Exercise (IBE) meeting that occurs every four years. Even more importantly, I think that ACSM should maintain its commitment to our own Integrative Physiology of Exercise meeting that has now taken place four times as it alternates with APS’s IBE meetings. Further, I hope to enhance the ongoing success of the World Congress on Basic Exercise that is currently occurring in conjunction with the ACSM annual meeting each year. My goal is not to reduce the roles of Medicine or Education and Allied Health, but instead to nurture our foundation in basic and applied science. It is that foundation that validates our medical, applied, and education efforts.