Crystal Lake City Council
I had my own carpenter contractor business for over 40 years. Creating and running my business has given me a diverse range of skills. My business experiences have given me strong communication, negotiation, analytical and fiscal abilities, making me a perfect fit for City Council. Good government requires mutual respect among council, staff and citizens. I believe my record as current City Council member has proven my work ethic, integrity and commitment to our community.
My experience as a leader in various capacities such as with the Boy Scouts of America along with working with councils and committees from numerous development based organizations, this allows me to be an open minded and thoughtful leader. I am able to work collectively to make actionable decisions that are fair, honest and in the best interest of the parties involved. Additionally, I have been a small business owner locally since 1990 employing many full time and part time employees. I am very aware of what it takes to run a profitable venture and not on the backs of my customers. I have built long lasting relationships in partnership with my customers and my employees by being honest, fair and reasonable.
I am an Eagle Scout. I am a Precinct Committeeman and City Councilman. I am an active member and hold leadership positions with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, and I am employed locally as the Director of Research at Exemplar Financial Network. These are a few of my experiences that make me a qualified candidate for City Council. From a young age I learned the importance of volunteerism and service. I am active and committed to the local business community and economy. As Precinct Committeeman, I am actively engaged in the local political process, and I have experience running for political office. All of these experiences and leadership qualities, plus being appointed to fill the remainder of Carolyn Schofield’s term on City Council make me a qualified candidate.
For over two decades I have served in a decision making capacity on various non-profit boards. Currently serving the Salvation Army of McHenry County, Crystal Lake Lions, Horizons For The Blind, and McHenry County Police Charities. I have much experience negotiating within a board environment. I am very connected to the citizens of Crystal Lake. I also have good working relationships with municipal neighbors inside and outside the limits of the City of Crystal Lake. Finally, I have served the citizens of Crystal Lake in the capacity of City Councilman for many years. The record shows that I vote my conscience. My presence on the City Council has contributed a great deal to the positive achievements benefiting the people of Crystal Lake
From my 34-year career at Morton, I bring a corporate, business experience. As an examiner for the Illinois Performance Excellence foundation (Baldrige criteria assessor), I know what attributes an organization needs to be successful. As President of the Wedgewood Association Board (homeowners) (2004-2008), I was dealt with property, wetland and homeowner management issues, including keeping Association dues constant during my term. As President of Crystal Lake Country Club (2008-2011), we controlled finances during tough times, cutting expenses and holding dues and fees firm while increasing overall membership by 7%. As a library trustee for the past year, I gained experience with public body management, including budgeting and the tax levy process.