Where do you work, what is your current position and what do you like most about it?
Eden Stone Company and Valders Stone & Marble, Inc. The majority of my responsibilities within the firm falls under business development and education. This is inclusive of the education of our internal and external customers, technical assistance, sales and sales support, marketing, membership affiliation, strategic development, community involvement, and
What has YPF done for your personal and/or professional development?
I have attended countless YPF events since I joined the group in 2010. Everything I have been a part of has provided me with an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. The group does an excellent job of connecting its members with community leaders who can help to shape those of us who have just started on their own respective paths of success. Networking with other members makes it easy to build new friendships as well as business relationships. I especially enjoy the new initiative that we have begun with Marian University. This venture has allowed us to act as mentor to students that will soon be entering the workforce. It is especially rewarding for me to act as a mentor to these future rising stars.
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
I have always been a strong proponent of finding and working with great mentors. My parents were my first mentors, and remain to be my greatest supporters. I have had the great privilege of getting to know some magnificent leaders in my lifetime. I owe a great deal to Peter Roehrig, James Flora, and Steve Peterson.
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
Organizations served include the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Marble Institute of America, Building Stone institute, Natural Stone Council, Sail Young Professionals Network, Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac, The Arc, Bethany House, Solutions Center, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Fond du Lac area?
I enjoy being around people, and Fond du Lac is full of some of the best folks that one could ever meet. It is great to enjoy the downtown and all that the Arts District has too offer. There are always great bands to see, festivals to attend, and social gatherings to be a part of. If nothing else, YPF almost always has something fun going on.
Where do you see the Fond du Lac area in 5 years?
Fond du Lac is a city with great promise and it is growing through the inspiration of some wonderful residents. New restaurants and shops are opening, our infrastructure is improving, and I believe that this positive change will continue to take hold. Our workforce demographic will go through some major changes in the next five years as many professionals retire. Fortunately, we have great individuals and organizations like YPF that are working to cultivate, educate, and empower the next generation of leaders.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
As I strive to achieve professional success, three areas of focus have helped me on this journey. They are: Find and work with great mentors, make a commitment to continual education and personal development, and always be a student of your industry. You, and you alone, have the ability to dictate your own outcome. Arm yourself with the best information and strategy that you can. Be confident in knowing that you have taken careful aim at your goal before you embark on your quest to accomplish it. Always remain hungry and humble, and you will put yourself in a position for opportunity and success.