I began my professional career as a pharmacist and developed entrepreneurial skills through ownership of a community pharmacy in Minnesota. I transitioned from retail pharmacy to sales and marketing positions within Searle Pharmaceuticals, but first spent a year attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School laying a theological and counseling foundation that would be put to good use over the next 40-years.
By 2009, I had served as President of three organizations in both the public and private sectors. Building business teams that consistently delivered stellar results became my professional trademark. With my management track record and nearly 35 years of business development experience, I joined Sandler Training as an authorized trainer/coach after moving to Loveland in 2006. Retiring from Sandler Training in May 2022 allowed me to form my own management consulting firm with a focus in serving nonprofit organizations.
My service on the Loveland City Council began November 2015, and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017 being elected 3 times by my peers for that role. Serving has been both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because the issues are complex, and it takes time and patience to listen, learn, and develop appropriate solutions. Rewarding because I have been able to make a positive difference for all- a goal that has always been central to my life.
To serve well, our mayor must be forward-thinking, decisive, and action-oriented - an energy creator who collaborates with council members, city staff, and citizens to create best-fit solutions for everyone in Loveland. The mayor must focus on providing sound leadership that is responsible, reliable, and reasonable. It is about listening, learning, and understanding the very issues impacting people’s lives and collaborating to create workable solutions.
Experience is only second to character if one is to be successful in representing our city and leading city council meetings ensuring that productive work is accomplished. Results matter and my leadership and support has brought forth a revitalized downtown, approvals for
hundreds of new homes and jobs for our families, a reliable high-speed fiber network, significant transportation enhancements improving traffic flow and safety, and a reorganized and refocused police department. As Chair of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport a July groundbreaking for a new terminal, FAA development of a virtual tower and runway widening are coming together positioning the airport to better serve Loveland and northern Colorado.
There is a tremendous amount of work to be tackled over the next two years and the Mayor must offer executive experience, positive energy, and a strong community voice to support an expanding list of important objectives: retaining and creating jobs; providing for a high level of public safety; working for robust housing options; valuing recreational and entertainment activities; supporting educational opportunities for all; attracting retail and professional services to meet citizen needs. and ensuring safe and efficient travel throughout the city. These goals are based on the belief that every Loveland citizen is a valued member of our community.
Successful leaders understand the importance of a life built on integrity and one that exhibits a healthy work-life balance. I was a recent graduate and a staff member of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy when Deb entered the College to earn her pharmacy degree. We were married a year later and this July we are celebrating 49 years of living our adventure. We have two married children and a 4-year-old grandson. We cherish the days when we were very present, and exhausted, for our children. We are now not nearly as exhausted while enjoying and valuing our extended family. I enjoy spending time with friends golfing and fishing. Deb and I find time for hiking, reading, visiting friends/family and volunteering. There is one organization that I am particularly committed to- Northern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) where I serve on the Board of Directors and the finance committee.
And here’s a fun fact that everyone should know: in 1979, while we owned a retail pharmacy, we conceived and co-founded a unique community event, The International Eelpout Festival—Google it!—even after we moved back to Illinois the event continued for over 35 years and drew thousands of visitors each year in the middle of winter to Walker, MN, bolstering the region’s year round tourism industry!