Juris was born in Germany in 1948 to Latvian parents who encouraged his scientific and artistic development. He was educated in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute with a BS in Chemistry in 1973. He pursued a career in metal refining, working for AMAX’s Carteret, N.J. smelter until 1986. Juris then purchased an art gallery, the Artists Center in Flemington, N.J. where he retailed original and limited edition reproductions, and provided framing services and custom stained glass. During that time, he earned a Certification in Picture Framing and attended TAAPI seminars on conservation of paper art and artifacts. In 1995 Juris joined Sipi Metals Corp., Chicago where he was appointed VP, Technical Director in 2001 and where he later retired. He and his wife, Jo Dean, live in White Salmon, WA. Upon election Juris will begin his first three-year term for second maximum of three consecutive terms.