Feldhaus started in the ambulance manufacturing industry by establishing First Ambulance Center of Tennessee (FACT), an ambulance manufacturer, in 1978. The local company served a nationwide customer base, and Feldhaus' work on Federal committees helped create a national health standard for ambulance construction and develop testing criteria. He sold the company in late 1992. His brother Steve later purchased it and today operates it as Select Tech, specializing in ambulance remounts.
Feldhaus, one of six children of Mary Jo Feldhaus and the late Dr. Henry Feldhaus, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1976 with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in industrial management. He earned a master's degree in business from Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with highest honors.
He and his wife Jenni have been married for 30 years. They have three adult children.
Feldhaus is a member and past president of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club. He currently serves on the Shelbyville Power, Water, and Sewerage System board and is a past member of the Shelbyville Housing Authority board. He is a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Association and a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a recipient of the Chamber of Commerce's Community Leadership of the Year Award. He was chair of Bedford Railroad Authority from 1987 until 2007, and he also served on the Tennessee Municipal League District 6 board, for which he served a term as president; the Duck River Agency board, to which he was appointed by the governor; and the Chamber of Commerce board. He was a member of the Tennessee Government Finance Officers Association. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and enjoys boating, water sports, snow skiing, fishing, and computer programming.
"My experience in government since 1981 endows me with leadership skills to grow our economy by creating jobs and establishing a more open government that cares for all in Bedford County," Feldhaus said. "I will use my business background and education to make government work smarter and more efficiently. I will create a favorable business environment with competent leadership to assist citizens in improving job opportunities, by keeping taxes low, and insuring a better quality of life for everyone.
"I classify myself a conservative Democrat, supporting fiscal responsibility with low taxes, strong family pro-life values, and an humble attitude toward all of our citizens. I believe government exists to provide necessary services, including education, and to create opportunities for the improvement of everyone's quality of life with better jobs and skills. When I was first elected to the Shelbyville City Council in 1981, I was appointed the Finance councilman. We had a $300,000 budget deficit from the previous year and unemployment was approaching 20 percent. I made the tough decisions to improve efficiency. We attracted new businesses and developed industrial parks, all without a tax increase.
"My open door policy and my willingness to strive for answers to tough questions have been the focus of my leadership style. By taking responsibility for open debates on the big decisions facing government, a quality leader will allow everyone to participate, which results in better solutions for all. An example of this collaboration is the $4.6 million Shelbyville Recreation Center, which I promoted, developed financing alternatives, and saw its completion before retiring from the Mayor's office in 1995.
"I have demonstrated that a local young person can thrive in Bedford County by creating local businesses, by serving on numerous public committees, and by receiving the endorsement of local voters in elected offices. All of this makes me proud to live in Bedford County. I have shown my commitment to Bedford County, and I humbly ask for your vote to help lead us out of the current economic situation with my competent, open leadership."