Q: How long have you been with your company/organization?
A: Just started on January 3rd this year, after spending 6 years at the former Citadel Broadcasting Group.
Q: How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador?
A: I think 3 years already. It seems like I just started.
Q: What do you like about being an ambassador?
A: The networking is the best. The Chamber is such a well respected organization. It opens a lot of doors for me in my business life. The ability to help companies make a difference in how they do business and present themselves to the community in some small way is very rewarding.
Q: Tell me something about yourself.
A: I'm a lifer! Born and raised in Saginaw, attended Bridgeport High School, Central Michigan University and the Pat Ryan School of Automotive Finance in Chicago. I've been married to my wife Bethany for 31 years and have one child. I'd love to be a grandpa next, but my son seems to have very little interest in helping me out on that project yet.
Q: Tell me something you would like the membership to know about you.
A: Besides being an Ambassador, I also serve on the Executive Board of the Saginaw Township Soccer Association as the Recreation League Coordinator and Sales & Marketing Manager. I also serve as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Saginaw County through the CAN Council. The work is very private and confidential but being a CASA might just be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Very few people even know I do it. What a way to impact a child's life!
Q: What was your first job?
A: All through high school, I had the part time job of cleaning and grounds-keeping at the Bridgeport office of Second National Bank. It was nice because I got to make my own hours as long as the branch was clean for the next days business. A little scary though the day I accidentaly and unknowingly set off a silent alarm in the middle of the night and was greeted by State Police Troopers with their guns drawn.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: Lately my mind has been swimming with "what about" and "what if" details involved in helping to plan the USYSA Regional Soccer Tournament being held at the Saginaw Township Soccer complex this June. Our little group of "planners" have been meeting every Thursday morning for over 2 years.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: I think I probably had just a little bit to do with how well my son turned out. What a fine, level headed, bright, articulate, focused and driven young man he has become. He put his college degree in his back pocket, moved to Denver and started his own Small Business called "Mile High Live." The really cool thing is the company is growing quickly and doing so well, he no longer feels the need to call home asking for "cash assistance". I will gladly take all the credit for instilling in him that beautiful sales and entrepreneurial spirit. The kid's got guts and he makes me proud!
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: None of things I value most could be called possessions unless my wife and son count. Everything I own is replaceable.
Q: What is something unique in your office? It's not very unique but my "Easy" button from Staples is pretty cool. It always makes me smile to give it a push when completing a task. "That was Easy!"
Q: What is your favorite Michigan travel location?
A: Definitely, the whole Lake Superior shoreline from Munising to Marquette. What a beautiful stretch of Country!