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I have been a journalist since 1977 and a business manager since 2004, mostly in the southwest suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. My current gig is executive director of the 36-year-old Eden Prairie Community Foundation, a non-profit that has given more than $1.6 million back to the community in the form of grants.
I graduated from high school in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with honors, from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. I have also studied at the Institute for Executive Director Leadership at the University of St. Thomas.
An avid reader, I’ve devoured many business and self-improvement books. Here are just a few of them:
- “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins
- “Developing the Leader Within You,” by John C. Maxwell
- “Leading Change,” by John P. Kotter
- “Bounce: The Art of Turning Tough Times into Triumph,” by Keith McFarland
- “First, Break All the Rules,” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
- “Made to Stick,” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- “Leadership & Self-Deception,” by The Arbinger Institute
- “You Don’t Have to Do It Alone,” by Richard H. Axelrod, Emily M. Axelrod, Julie Beedon, and Robert W. Jacobs
- “Living Your Strengths,” by Albert L. Winseman, Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld
- And of course the all-time classic, “How to Win Friends & Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie
On the personal side, I’ve been a recreational runner for a number of years, and participate in about a half-dozen competitive races per year — mostly 5K races and an occasional 10K (with one half-marathon under my belt).
I reside with my wife in the suburb of Eden Prairie. We have two grown sons.
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and I have a current resume below.