Mr. Acker is a retired licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He was employed by TSP Architects, serving as regional principal for the firm's western division. He was a member of the TSP organization for 35 years in Wyoming - 32 of those years in Sheridan. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, where he also played football. He has been a member of the Sheridan Rotary Club for 35 years serving as club president and assistant district governor. His previous board positions in Sheridan were with CHAPS, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church, and Region 2 Child Development Center. He also remains active with the Cloud Peak Toastmasters Club.