Founder | Leader | Entrepreneur

My work journey has taken me from dishwasher to CEO, from fast food to cloud based technology, from Davenport, Iowa to more than 30 countries around the globe.  Along the way I have enjoyed leading, learning, contributing, mentoring, strategizing, innovating and giving back.  One important lesson learned along the way is that there are opportunities to make a difference in all aspects of our lives.  This has made the journey all the more rewarding.

While interviewing for my first job out of college I was presented a handsome folio,  Inside I found the phrase  – “Leadership is Action, Not Position.”  I had no idea at the time how much of an impact this would have on my career.  I actually framed that part of the folio and have brought it with me to every single cubicle and office I’ve had the pleasure to call my work home.

In the early days, it reminded me that I didn’t have to wait until I had a “leadership position” to be a leader.  These days, it reminds me that just having a “leadership position” isn’t enough.  It also reminds me that there are people who can lead throughout the organization… and that it is my job to tap into that potential.  To this day, tapping into the full potential of the people I have the honor to lead is what brings me the greatest sense of accomplishment.

“Top Skills” – LinkedIn

Leadership 100
Strategy 100
Management 100
Online Marketing 100
Hospitality 100
Business Development 100
Leadership Development 57

A few highlights

  • Philanthropegie – a labor of love that helps individuals, organizations and nonprofits make a difference.
  • SkyTouch Technology – a wonderful opportunity to launch a new business and build a great culture.
  • EventSpark – advising and funding a true technology start up has been a great experience.
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of America – I had the honor of being a “big brother” while I was in college at the University of Iowa. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to make a lasting impact on a young boy or girl.
  • UMOM – New Day Center – From volunteer to co-chair of the fundraising event committee to board member, this homeless shelter for families in Phoenix, AZ provided many ways to make a a difference in the lives of families in need.
  • Orchard: Africa – My involvement started as the photographer for a vision trip to rural villages in South Africa. Years later, I have fond memories of several trips to villages and townships in South Africa and my years of service on the board of directors.
  • Hiking – From my backyard trail into the Sonoran Desert to the Redwood Forest to Ayers Rock in Australia, hiking definitely “feeds my soul.”
  • Harleys – I’m on number four now – a Road King Classic – and love every minute of riding through quiet winding roads.
  • Photography – I love photography of all kinds.  The challenge is sorting through the 70,000+ photos I’ve got on file at this point.
  • Fly Fishing – This is one of those things I don’t do very often… and when I do… I wonder why that is?
  • Art – I am blessed to be surrounded by talented artists.  I just need more places to display all their art.
  • Music – A true passion of mine.  Someday I might even learn to play these guitars that I’ve collected.
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Some of the Great Places I’ve Worked

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Orchard:AfricaBoard of Directors
Orchard: Africa is a non-profit organization restoring hope to the vulnerable by creating sustainable change in rural African villages.
PhilanthropegieFounder & President
We believe that the best way we can make a difference, is to help you to make a difference.
UMOM New Day Centers
UMOM New Day CentersBoard of Directors
Our Vision is to be a leader in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brother
Mission: provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.