I’m a local Minnetonka kid. When not at work or SISU, I love spending time with family, friends, and the dogs. My wife Sara & I are high school sweethearts with three kids keeping us busy. I can often be found working on projects around the house, fixing or building something. Snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing are a big part of my life. Spending time in Two Harbors is a recent addition to our family fun time – love the North Woods!
I completed business school at the University of Oregon (yep, I’m a Duck) just as the Dotcom Bubble burst. With offers on the West Coast evaporating, Sara & I headed back to Minnesota for work and to start our family. After a brief stint in the corporate world (that’s what you’re supposed to do as a business guy), I found my way into construction; entrepreneurial business is a much better fit! I’ve been involved in the construction industry for 22 years having partnered with Denali Custom Homes seven years ago (www.denalicustomhomes.com).
FINDING CROSSFIT & WHAT MADE IT STICK
Coming up on four years ago, I skeptically followed my wife & son into SISU. Charley had a blast at the SISU Youth Athlete Program, peaking Sara’s interest. She gave it a try, and I followed shortly after. As a family, we have joined and canceled more gyms than I care to admit, but something is different with SISU. Never have I been that wrecked by a workout (we termed it CrossFit Drunk) but so satisfied and excited to hit the repeat button!
JOINING THE SISU LEADERSHIP ADVISORY
Why did I join the SLA? The simple answer is “because Pat asked”. The way our lives have been positively impacted by SISU is amazing! If there is a way that I can help give back and provide a bit of help to SISU, count me in!
As I navigate growth and growing pains in my business, the timing of the Leadership Advisory Group has been almost perfect. Looking for something “more” and a way to do more for the greater good is a shared theme. I’m excited to see how this impacts SISU and how similar ideas can be applied at Denali.
PROFESSIONAL & CROSSFIT CREDENTIALS
Looking around the SISU Leadership Advisory is a humbling experience – so many talented individuals. I received my MBA in Finance with a minor in Sports Marketing. I’ve worked in entrepreneurial business for 22 years and love the challenges and varied nature of the work. As a “CrossFitter”, my claim to fame is modest at best. I’ve been at SISU for 3.5 years, competed a few times, and try to drag my butt to the gym as often as possible.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SISU
The difference is with the people, coaches, community, and some intangible magic. I’ve asked Pat & Thomas “Does CrossFit attract amazing people or is it a SISU anomaly”? As a family, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to be part of such a talented, dynamic, authentic group of people.
FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL
Most of my meals would probably be defined as cheat meals… I love a good burger, fries, and don’t forget the malt!