8 years of elected office as a Village of Huntley Trustee, knowing how to get consensus of a Board of Directors, to get your projects and programs to move forward. I have been President of many, many volunteer organizations, hundreds of hours of volunteer work with seniors & developmentally disabled. A \"connector\" for those looking to help and those that need it. Many networking experiences with other government elected officials and staff. Owning my own small business for more than 20 years, having done payroll, insurance, etc. I founded the Huntley Fall Fest, gathering more than 40 different charitable groups, governments and businesses to bring a quality festival to our town. While working at Grafton Township as the Administrator, for 10 months I got to know the State and County reporting, their budget process and the unique laws that govern Townships in Illinois. I have received 3 separate Community Service Awards
I have been a lifelong resident of Huntley. In 1984 I graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor of Science in Agri Business. 26 years ago I married my high school sweetheart Dacia, and we moved to our current home and raised our three children, Erika, Jennifer, and, Ryan. I worked 5 years for Dean Foods Transportation as the Driver Relations Manager overseeing 300 drivers. In 1986 I also started my own pet supply distribution company in my garage and it grew to service a 3 state area with 30 employees. After starting my current pet food manufacturing company called Nutri Life Pet Products; I sold the original Pet Supply distribution company in 2006. I continue today as the owner of Nutri Life Pet Products; a holistic pet food distributed to the independent pet retail through a multi state distribution network. I know how to manage a business and stay within a budget. I know how to negotiate in good faith to get the job done. My friends and competitors consider me to be a practical hardworking person of high moral integrity and a person who honors and keeps all agreements. I am a leader who can work with anyone and can restore Grafton Township’s financial and moral integrity.