My 30 years of corporate experience was primarily in analytical and management roles, including four Fortune 500 companies (Allianz, Medtronic, Thrivent, 3M). I am a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a mathematics undergraduate, and hold an MBA with emphasis in Nonprofit Management. I am co-patent holder on an industry leading retirement income solution, started and led capital markets hedging programs, started and led an HR workforce analytics department, and am certified in Strategic Workforce Planning by the Human Capital Institute.
In late 2009, I co-founded a non-profit called Our Response, focused on uniting East Central Minnesota to respond to global poverty, disease & suffering. Under my volunteer leadership as Executive Director, we have raised more than $2 million and have taken four trips to Rwanda, each life-changing for each team member. I have also worked as an Executive Pastor, served three church leadership teams, served on six nonprofit boards, and helped several nonprofits develop a clear and compelling vision.
From individual meetings to full auditoriums, one of my strengths is communicating complex concepts simply. Included are more than 140 public speaking engagements to a diverse set of audiences covering topics such as clarity, leadership, communications, insurance, actuarial analytics, hedging, clean water, and global poverty. I have taught undergraduate and graduate university courses in business, finance, investments, and organizational architecture.
I am honored to be a husband since 1991 to Tracy and father to three grown children: Christopher, Ryan and Annie. I love playing and teaching poker (recpokertraining.com), podcasting, and enjoying Minnesota sports (making my fan-hood far more difficult). I have a number of great friends and extended family who I love hanging out with, especially when having discussions that could change the world; but I need down time to re-energize. I am an INTP on the Myers-Briggs, a “5” on the Enneagram, and my StrengthsFinder top 5 are Learner, Relator, Achiever, Strategic & Self-Assurance. I have learned a lot about my passions and personality; which has led me to this exciting adventure of coaching & speaking.
My local, regional and national connections, including business and nonprofit executives, are a valuable resource for me to serve you. These include connections on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also host three podcasts (two also available on YouTube). When we engage, I will bring my full energy, background, integrity, experience, and passion for problem-solving. I’m a bulldog for clarity, and my passion is helping people and organizations gain clarity and achieve breakthrough.