I served on the Geneva Board of Education from 2007-2011. During that time, I participated in board member workshops and conferences presented by the Illinois Association of School Boards. Prior to that, I was active in the Coultrap PTO, participated in the building task force projects, and attended most board meetings from 2000-2011. I am a current member of a statewide task force charged with identifying and mitigating behaviors and policies that lead to suspension and expulsion in students of color and work closely with the Illinois State Board of Education. I have participated in continuing education through the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice. I am the current secretary for the Geneva Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and am a member of the Geneva Beautification Committee and the Historic Homeowners Association. When not volunteering my time, I substitute teach in Batavia. My extensive experiences in working collaboratively on various boards and my desire to continue to be a life long learner make me a good candidate for office.
I have served on and been president of several boards. For example Baker church, Elgin Choral Union, and my neighborhood HOA. My work as a pilot involved working with and being in charge of the crew, this working together is a useful ability when serving on a board. For this office my degree in education is very helpful.
I have a background in business management. I have served on the Board of Education since April 2009. I have developed knowledge and understanding of school finance and school operations. The experience I have gained helps me to ask the right questions and make objective business decisions. Having served in various Board positions and on a number of committees I have been able to better serve the needs of our taxpayers, students, and community members.
I have been a seated board member for 12 years, current chairman of the school district finance committee, previous member of the superintendent’s finance committee, Coultrap and High School advisory task forces, and member of the facility master planning committee. I am a Master School Board member having attained over 300 hours of State Mandated and elective board member training.
I believe I have specific skills including financial and leadership skills that would benefit the Geneva School District greatly. I have a finance degree from the University of Illinois and have passed the CPA exam, so my educational background lends itself to understanding the important financial aspects of the District. My 21 years of executive leadership at Nuveen Investments, a market leader in municipal bond investments, has given me extensive knowledge of public municipal finance. My in-depth knowledge of the bond market will be an asset for the School Board. I have lived in Geneva for almost 21 years and my two sons entered the School District in kindergarten. Over that time, I have had the opportunity to meet a large number of Geneva residents through school activities as well as my involvement in youth sports activities. I was a Geneva Baseball Board Member for 4 years including Commissioner for 2 and coached both baseball and basketball for over 12 years. I am also a current member of the Geneva Academic Foundation. I believe I understand and connect with a large amount of families and residents in Geneva and would serve them well as a Geneva School Board Member.
I am a municipal bond investment guy by trade, managed billions of dollars of mutual funds and capital, including credit analysis and purchase of school bonds. I currently sell investment management software to municipal credit analysts and portfolio managers, who oversee more than $1 trillion in municipal debt, including ownership in much of the $150 million outstanding Geneva 304 debt. I have read Geneva 304 bond disclosure documents and attended the finance and board committee meetings. I also have been an adjunct professor of finance, investment and computer courses at both college and university schools. I have volunteered as a mentor to gifted math students. I understand what it takes to prepare and teach a class. I have been on condo boards and governance boards of churches.
I have a multitude of experiences that lend to me being a good candidate for office. For one, being in the education profession I understand the education process and the difficult curricular changes that are on our horizon. I could be instrumental in making the transition to a more standardized and accountable curriculum seamless for both the students and the teachers. Furthermore, the fact that I have a masters degree in educational administration and am currently working on a doctorate in educational administration has allowed me to become very informed on the way in which school districts can operate effectively. Lastly, being a small business owner I understand the fiscal responsibility and importance of results oriented practices that are necessary to survive in our current economic climate. Together these experiences have shaped me into a candidate who is qualified to get the job done right.
•Budget forecasting and monitoring of National Service Department and Regional office budgets for an international automotive manufacturer.
•Reduced operating expenditures without compromising performance.
•Involved with UAW grievance and contract issues.
•Participated in arbitration hearings.
•Resolved consumer issues that were fair to the parties involved.
•Planned and conducted regional and National meetings.
•Liaison with corporate and outside legal counsel on matters relevant to corporate policies.
•Negotiated vendor contracts