SVP Operations & Product Management
Born and raised in the Badger state, which helps explain my childhood ambition, I grew up playing every sport imaginable from sunup ‘til sundown. Was forced into child labor by my parents who owned a landscape business and flower shop. Those early work experiences with my mom and dad taught me the value of hard work and that is something that has stuck with me, and driven me, throughout my career.
It also taught me to always keep my lawn well maintained and my flowers properly watered and amply fertilized. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Finance degree after toying with the idea of being an accountant. Received my MBA from the University of St. Thomas. After college, and prior to Ergodyne, I had stints as a Plant Controller at a division of Menards and then as a Master Scheduler at a food processing plant that produced 500,000lbs of pasta a day. Carb up, baby!
In 1995, I found myself on the Orange Planet—Ergodyne. The culture change from my previous job experiences was evident from the first day when I received an employee handbook that was about three pages long, contained a grand total of 400 words and included helpful instructions such as: DRESS CODE: wear some. I knew this was going to be “home” for quite some time. I started my career as a Scheduler on the Operations team and worked my way through the ranks from Scheduler to Operations Manager to VP of Operations years later. In 2008, I added the Product Management Team to my scope of responsibility and it has turned out to be one of the best career decisions ever made. I enjoy working with two fabulously talented teams, building innovative products that help keep workers safe and delivering those products to customers when they want them, where they need them. The changes at Ergodyne over the past two decades have been incredible and I’m honored to have played my small role in them. We have never been stronger as a company and there has never been a more exciting time to call myself an Ergodyte.