I was born and raised in the north end of St. Paul and have spent the past 18 years as a Lino Lakes resident and loyal community member. My wife, Kim (who is also my high school sweetheart!) and I have 3 amazing children and wonderful extended families, most of whom are close by.
Professionally, I am a Project Manager at a software company. I have been in the software industry for almost 20 years in a variety of roles. I thrive on continuous learning, innovation and supporting those around me.
When my children were younger, I was fortunate to be part of shaping youth experiences by coaching youth basketball, football and lacrosse. I love the outdoors, am a passionate NFL fan and am on board with the craft beer craze!
WHY I’M RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF LINO LAKES
I am proud to call Lino Lakes my home. Over the past 18 years Kim and I have raised our children here, while getting to know the residents, business owners, coaches and educators in Lino Lakes and our neighboring communities. I love this community, and I want to see it grow and thrive into the future.
We all have a purpose – strengths and passions that we want to share with the world. One of mine has always been to serve others. I believe that public service is the highest calling for our city leaders. City officials are elected by the residents to serve in the best interest of the residents, not their own personal agendas. In our community and our nation, politics has become a nasty business. I want to be your mayor because I believe in civil, respectful, transparent leadership. I am committed to leading, listening and shifting the focus back to the residents and our partnerships within our communities.
One of my initial objectives will be to restore productive, reverent communication with our residents, our charter commission and the leadership of the neighboring cities. There is a wealth of knowledge within these groups that should be leveraged for improving the quality of our community.
MY LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE AND APPROACH
I have been in positions of leadership most of my life – from student council president in high school through my current Project Manager role at my job. I have served on several boards, have been responsible for budgets and have led teams of employees. As a coach, not only did I lead the teams, but was responsible for the safety, athletic and personal development of our youth.
My leadership style is authentic, transparent and respectful. My approach to decision-making generally follows the theory of “the greatest good for the greatest number of people”. I subscribe to the utilitarian notion that the morally right action is the action that produces the most good. I understand that part of leadership is knowing that I will not please everyone. And that is okay. But I will value all voices and look to serve in the interest of the greater good.
The residents and city employees of Lino Lakes deserve to experience this type of leadership. Voices should be heard, and diverse perspectives should be valued. Our residents need to know that their elected representatives have their best interest in mind.