Fox River Grove Village Board of Trustees
I am proud to boast about my 27 years of full-time service with the United States Post Office. I have also served on the executive board of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) which has a large focus in negotiation between parties. Bringing this experience, longevity and commitment forward as a trustee and possessing many characteristics of a successful leader, a visionary, an active partner, a strong community member and a willingness to improve our community is a successful combination I bring to you. New leaders of tomorrow are visionary; I bring fresh insight and add judgment capability as a function of my experience.
As a taxpayer, resident, and parent I share the same financial struggles and concerns as others in our community. I will bring that perspective to all my decisions. I am committed to continuing initiatives that balance revenues and expenditures, while providing quality services for our residents.
My previous experiences as a Trustee, Finance Committee Chairperson and Budget Officer (1997-2003) have demonstrated my capabilities. During my current tenure (2010-present), I have shown my commitment to our residents by rebating property taxes in the form of one free vehicle sticker in 2012 and abating taxes in 2013.
My service to community and country includes 20 years as a volunteer firefighter (11 years at FRG), member of the FRG zoning board of appeals and a veteran of the US Coast Guard (10 years). As an EMT/firefighter one gets to intimately know the community and the people. As a Coast Guard officer I was responsible for day today safety and security operations including an overseas tour during Desert Storm. Both my fire service and Coast Guard service have taught me to function under stressful conditions and the importance of seeing things through and getting the job done. My experience on the zoning board has given me solid background and a working knowledge of the village government. My entire professional career of 34 years has been spent in the maritime shipping industry as a Coast Guard marine inspector, ship’s officer and, currently, a senior manager in the operations group of the largest US flag operator on the Great Lakes. My operations background has taught me the importance of long range planning, working within a diverse team and problem solving skills. I am ready to use my experience and skills to continue serving the community.
The answer to this question would be my life experiences; growing up, serving in the U.S. Army, attending college, becoming a parent, my career as a sales/marketing executive and lastly, the experience and knowledge I have gained while serving as your elected official. I have a strong business background and believe government should be conducted the same. My approach in making decisions for our community is gaining a complete understanding of the issue, concern or opportunity. In doing so, I attend additional meetings, seek the perspective of others, conduct research and ask questions. After I have completed this process, unless my findings are in the best interest of our residents and will improve the quality of life for our community, I vote no. Unlike many who serve in politics today, I will not tell you what you want to hear; I will tell you the truth. As I do in my personal and professional life, and as your elected official, I will continue to represent you with honesty, integrity and provide the leadership that you desire and deserve.
I have never run for political office before. As a resident of Fox River Grove for 25 years, I am interested in how local politics operate. I have no personal agenda.
All I am bringing to this job is what I consider to be a great work ethic. My family owns a small business, and for as long as I can remember I have always worked six and sometimes seven days a week. I did not need a college degree, because I knew that I was going to run the family business someday, but I wanted a college degree. In my mid-twenties I enrolled at McHenry County College where I received an Associate’s Degree. I then continued on to Northwestern University where I received my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics. Therefore, while I do not have a list of organizations that I have volunteered at over the years, I do feel that I have the aptitude to be a good village trustee.