Jerry was born in 1951. He is a Colorado native, growing up in the small town of Idaho Springs. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1973 with a degree in accounting, became a CPA and began working in Denver at the international accounting firm of KPMG (Peat, Marwick & Mitchell at that time). In 1981 he became Chief Financial Officer of Whiting Petroleum Corporation—a small private Denver based oil and gas company. Jerry later became Vice President of Finance at Whiting as the Company grew into a larger public company before being acquired by mid-western utility company. Jerry retired from Whiting in 2000. He also coached girls basketball for twenty three years, the last seven at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO.