What are your goals in your role at your company?
To put the MPO, including its staff and board members, in a position to positively influence the growth and development of the region. This includes developing plans, providing technical assistance, developing policy, providing grant funding and facilitating important conversations about the future of the region.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
I serve on the board of the American Planning Association’s Iowa Chapter in the role of legislative program chair. My goal is to help the organization be recognized as the go-to authority in the state for planning-related issues, particularly on issues related to state legislation that impacts the planning profession.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
I’m passionate about my family. My wife, Erin, and son, Jack, give me so much joy. I love finding fun things for us to do together. They are a constant reminder of what’s truly important in my life.
What is it that drives you?
I have worked with people who cannot access jobs, medical care or other basic services largely because of how we’ve built our communities. Doing well at my job helps ensure that we have a region that’s not only cool but one that works for all people now and into the future.
What are your future aspirations?
Something I hope to help the region champion is planning for and integrating Smart City applications. This would include using technology and the internet of things to manage city services and infrastructure, as well as preparing for things like autonomous vehicles and alternative energy.
Four reasons he’s a Forty:
1. On a daily basis he collaborates with mayors, council members, county supervisors, city managers and many other community partners on ways to improve the region.
2. He has played a major role in developing regional planning initiatives over the last several years, including the Tomorrow Plan and the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Plan.
3. He serves on the board of the American Planning Association’s Iowa Chapter in the role of legislative program chair.
4. He is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program class of 2017.