The Long Form
Public Service Experience:

Hayes Township

Township Supervisor: CEO responsibilities for a local unit of government in Northern Michigan. Maintained and enhanced a service oriented organization by developing policy and leadership mentoring. Recruited volunteer citizens to serve on various government boards. Mediated settlements of lawsuits. Developed relationships with other government units, i.e. county, state, tribal and federal. Wrote and obtained a Michigan EDC grant. Supervised two part time employees. 10 years experience, elected position. 4 years experience Chair Planning Commission, appointed position.
 Chairman Charlevoix County Road Commissioner, appointed position.

Norwood Township
Appointed Supervisor to fill remainder of term. Tasked to review and reorganize operations. Major goal is to restore trust and improve relationship with the community.

Community Leadership Experience:
Chairman Charlevoix County Republican Party 2009-2011, promote, develop and lead Republicans in the County and represent Charlevoix Republicans, locally and through out the state. More here.
SeaPorts Great Lakes Inc. Trustee and Community Development leader. Our organization will build and operate the Great Lakes Schooner "Challenge". The  mission is to develop a ship based program to mentor young people and provide an economic benefit to Charlevoix. Read my case study here. View the web page at

Kitchi-ossining Nature Preserve, (formally the Big Rock Nuclear Plant). I provided an active leadership role in a grass roots effort to convert 400 acres and 1.5 miles of shoreline on Northern Lake Michigan to a public owned nature preserve. This project began while I was the local Township Supervisor in 2004. Starting with three local citizens this effort has grown into a partnership of Federal, Tribal, State, County and Township governments. This has taken considerable skills including: coalition building, vision casting and persuasive reasoning. Completion of this conversion will have an historic impact demonstrating our ability to safely return a site used for one of our most dangerous forms of energy production into an unrestricted green state open for the enjoyment of all people.

As a leader of a local faith based group, I created a breakout strategy for a homeless shelter in Charlevoix. We cast a vision for the group to use member churches as overnight shelters. This moved the community from discussing to doing. We incorporated as an Ecclesiastical nonprofit, trained volunteers, and engaged a half dozen churches as host churches. We created a methodology for servicing guests and established alliances with other community groups. We eventually rented a flat from the Alano Club and provided meals and overnight shelter at a fixed location.

With the encouragement of the Frey Foundation, our community pool began the process of obtaining long term substantial tax support from the local units of government. During the two terms as President of the Pool Board, I led a group of volunteers that won the approval of two townships and the City of Charlevoix to establish a Recreational Authority. Once this was done we were able to begin the process of getting a millage request on the general election ballot. With the choice now in the people’s hands we embarked on a six month education campaign explaining the history, the services offered and the benefits to the community of the pool. We were successful and will receive over one and one half million dollars in the next ten years. Watch our video.
Work Experience:

Manufacture’s Representative

Manufacturer’s Representative, Sales Engineer: Provided turnkey material handling systems. Analyzed the needs of manufacturing and distribution facilities. Consulted with design engineers and suppliers to formulate proposals. Priced, wrote and presented proposals to facility management. Managed the installation of  these systems.

Stockbroker, Registered Representative NYSE
Sales, customer service, financial services
Southfield, Harbor Springs

Registered Representative (stockbroker): Developed and maintained an affluent client base. Made consultative sales to clients: executed timely purchases and sales of a wide variety of investment products. Tracked client satisfaction, scheduled and conducted frequent reviews with clients. Continually updated my knowledge base to stay current with the markets. I was promoted and served for two years as New Issue and Syndicate Manager for Dean Witter’s largest Michigan office. Series 7 licensed by the New York Stock Exchange.

Bullfrog Light Company
General Manager

General Manager, reported to President, COO\HR for small manufacturing plant. Managed a 40 person workforce over 3 shifts. Led a 64% increase in productivity over a three year period primarily by creating a team leadership/front line decisions making culture. Initiated ergonomic upgrades to all work stations, streamlined material handing, ensured the facility became OSHA compliant.

Owner of a nationally franchised disaster restoration and building services company. Responsibilities include, sales and marketing, human resource and project management. I sold this company in the  fall of 2008.
 Substitute teacher at the CharEm ISD. I am half  kidding when I tell my friends that my new mission is to save democracy through education.
Education Experience:

Albion College BA

Series Seven License NYSE
Fund Raising Management Certificate, The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University (in process)2006-
American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate 2008
Recent Positions:
Chairman, Charlevoix County Road Commission
Chairman, Hayes Township Planning Commission
Deacon, Community Reformed Church
Chairman, Community Reformed Church Building and Grounds Committee
Board Member, Nehemiah House (homeless shelter)
President, Founder , Ezra House (homeless shelter)
President, Charlevoix Area Community Pool
Candidate, Michigan House of Representatives 105th District
Candidate, Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners.
President Elect, 2009, Sergeant at Arms 2008, Rotary Club of Charlevoix 
Chairman Charlevoix County Republican Party, 2009-2011