Mukwonago Resident, Regional Economic Development Director for WEDC
Throughout my 17 year career in economic and community development I’ve facilitated downtown strategic plans in multiple communities in Southeastern Wisconsin. In my position as Community Development Manager for the Racine County Economic Development Corporation I’ve worked with local governments, Chambers of Commerce, citizen volunteers, educational institutions and many other key stakeholders to develop downtown plans and create programs such as facade grants and Main Street programs for the communities of Burlington, Union Grove and Waterford. I developed the program and served as the Executive Director for the Absolutely Waterford Main Street organization for over two years. Currently, I am a Regional Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. In my role I work with new and growing businesses and communities to access state resources and locate technical assistance to enhance their growth and redevelopment projects.
I wanted to participate on this committee because I wanted to offer my skills and knowledge of downtown planning, generating group consensus and promoting team work to identify problems and develop solutions. Also, when I entertain guests from outside of Mukwonago I want them to be impressed with the business offerings, amenities and sense of place that can be further developed and enhanced through this effort. I believe the Downtown Mukwonago plan should incorporate the tenants of the Main Street model and should address design, economic development, promotions and the organization to implement this plan into the future.
I am a registered Professional Engineer with 27 years of experience managing large-scale civil and environmental remediation projects and am one of the founding owners of Endpoint Solutions Corp, an engineering company based in Franklin, Wisconsin. I have been a Village resident since 2000 and a Village Trustee since 2010, currently serving on various committees including Plan Commission, Public Works Committee (Chairman), Library Board, Economic Development Committee, and the Downtown Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Since 2015, I have served on the Board of Directors for Moose International, a fraternal and service organization. From 2005 to 2014, I served on the Board of Directors for Mooseheart Child City & School, a residential childcare facility located on a 1,000-acre campus in Illinois.
My wife and two young children live in Village of Mukwonago. We purchased our house four years ago, moving from the city where I lived and worked my entire life. We moved here because our family likes to play where we live and plan to raise our children here. When the opportunity presented itself to share my knowledge and better understand the direction of the village, I could not let this opportunity pass me by.
I spend time kayaking down the Fox River, Geocaching/hiking the many nature areas, fishing the local lakes, shopping the local stores, attending local events downtown/nearby parks and spend countless hours at parks and playgrounds with my children. All of this makes the area very important to me.
In my professional career, I engineer critical electrical systems, manage various personal in Milwaukee and 5 other offices across the country, bringing more than 11 years of electrical design and management experience. My portfolio of projects include healthcare, government, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. I have worked on these various projects designing systems that require electrical power per building codes, including exterior lighting, while keeping overall cost, energy efficiencies and client’s requirements in mind. My responsibilities include establishing project requirements by coordinating with clients and other disciplines, performing construction administration services, working directly with contractors and managing project teams.
My dedication to detail and overall knowledge in planning, design and construction, both in the office and on the job site, result in projects that meet or exceed expectations of the client.
Village Administrator/Director of Economic Development
I am a public-sector leader and military veteran with 10+ years’ experience developing teams of 150+ throughout the United States, Europe, and Middle East. I have established, facilitated, and managed over 20+ development projects in excess of $250M. My role in Mukwonago typically involves balancing long-term and short-term expectations, implementing strategy, managing the competing interests of stakeholders, delegating authority wisely, forging a culture of empowerment, and developing future leaders from within the organization. Further, my natural strength for learning agility enables me to rapidly identify, evaluate, and leverage new opportunities while mitigating challenges – fearlessly tackling the situation to understand its various causes, implications, and ramifications.
In Mukwonago, I budget and direct $10M+ general, enterprise, Tax Increment Finance District (TID) and capital funds, oversee 60+ staff and lead our economic development platform.
My passion is bringing people together toward a common purpose whereby the total outcome is greater than the sum of its parts. By serving on the Downtown Steering Committee, I hope to bring my expertise in public sector investment and team-building to help the community achieve a plan that preserves and enhances our Downtown area as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. I view my role as promoting and preserving an open and transparent process that seeks to maximize public participation in an effort to build bridges between viewpoints. For the Downtown Steering Committee, the Village Board has directed that we develop and recommend a Strategic Plan – typically containing prioritized goals, funding, and implementation steps. I am striving for an inclusive and collaborative process and I cannot wait to get started.