After graduating from Prior Lake High School, I attended the University of Colorado and earned my degree in Economics. While there I had the opportunity to play football, where I experienced what it was like to be part of a high-performing team as we earned berths to two post-season bowl games. I saw examples of leadership that I carry with me today, and learned lessons that I continue to use when facing professional and personal challenges.
I’ve worked in Banking and Finance for 25 years, leading teams in risk management and fraud prevention. Working in a highly regulated industry has shown me that prescriptive rules usually come with unintended consequences. The role of government should be to assure fair competition has a chance to flourish, not to tell companies how to run their business.
Elected to four terms on the on the Prior Lake-Savage School Board, I served several years as Chairman and as Treasurer. I initiated meetings to bring the school district and mayors of Prior Lake and Savage together in order to improve communication and cooperation. These discussions led to several joint-use agreements that allowed the schools and cities to share equipment; saving taxpayers money. In order to improve the relationship between the School Board and staff, I was the first Chairman in several decades to meet one-on-one with the Local Education Minnesota Union President to discuss common issues.
I am proud to represent Scott County in St. Paul, and to give back to a community that has given so much to me.