I grew up in Bourbonnais with my parents and younger sister. My father started as a teacher but spent most of his career at Caterpillar in Pontiac building heavy machinery. I was lucky to have a stay-at-home mom for my early years, but my mother also worked various jobs as we got older and she has worked at a local bank for most of my adult life. My parents were incredible role models and I am very grateful for their support growing up. My work ethic and sense of integrity are a direct result of their influence. As a kid, I was a bit of a nerd mixed with a sports junkie. I played whatever sport was in season as late as I possibly could until I was forced to come inside. At school, I was the captain of the math team and a proud member of our state champion scholastic bowl team.
Today, I am a proud husband and father. I met my wife, Kim, back in 2004 and somehow I convinced her to marry me by 2006…a small miracle. Since then, we have been blessed with 3 amazing children who keep us on our toes. My greatest joy in life is watching them grow and find their interests while helping them explore the world. In my spare time, I occasionally squeeze in a round of golf and act in local theater productions. The Libertarian in me was proud that I made my stage debut in the musical “1776”.
In May of 1999, I graduated from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance. I began my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tampa, FL, within the Management Consulting portion of the business and gained a strong foundation in business operations and management. By 2002, I was ready for the next step in my career and accepted a role with Baxter in Deerfield, bringing me back to my home state of Illinois. At Baxter, a large part of my focus was on inter-company transactions between the many international entities within the healthcare manufacturer. It gave me a keen insight into the importance of tax structure when it comes to job creation and how our federal and state governments routinely cost us opportunity by getting it wrong. After several years at Baxter, I moved to Cardinal, a healthcare distributor and continued my experience in international finance as well as taking on my first exposure to Treasury services. In 2007, when my wife and I had our first child, we decided to move back to Bourbonnais to be closer to family. And shortly thereafter, I made the move to Ulta Beauty. I spent the next six years with the retailer within their Financial Planning & Analysis group, gaining valuable experience supporting operations, marketing, and real estate. That brings me to my current role with Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, where I have spent the last 2+ years working in Financial Analysis and Treasury. Being part of such a dynamic and growing restaurant business has added new perspective to my professional background. Having been with much larger corporations throughout my career, I am now much more in tune to the challenges of growing a smaller business.
Looking back on the experience I have, and the knowledge I have gained throughout my 19 years since graduating college, I feel that I couldn’t be better prepared to take on the challenges of the Treasurer’s office. I want to provide the expertise that Springfield is clearly lacking, to drive opportunity for business in Illinois and the financial reward for its citizens.