Bruce was born and grew up just outside St. Louis, MO. He attended the University of Missouri at Rolla where he earned degrees in mathematics, physics and mechanical engineering. He is a Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was discharged as a captain. He worked for Control Data Corp.,Ford Motor Co., Westinghouse finally arriving at Sandia National Laboratories where he retired in 1994. He is married to his college sweetheart for 47 years and has one daughter and two grand grandsons. He has lived in several places in the U.S., primarily in California for 39 years and now resides in Knoxville, TN with his family. He began working in the tax field in 1994 just before he retired from Sandia and has continued his tax education and practice over the years. He is now an Enrolled Agent, a status that is tested and recognized by the IRS. This designation allow him to represent clients before all levels of the IRS including Tax Court.