Born and raised in Saskatoon SK by immigrant parents, growing up I learned German as a second language and a solid work ethic.
Immediately after high school I received my Journeyman Certificate as an Electrician and have found the construction experience valuable all along my career.
Not long after receiving my Journeyman status I left the trade for a stint in travel and tours which was a Segway to hospitality, specifically restaurants and night clubs. I managed a series of restaurants, bars and night clubs, some franchise and some independents, one of which I franchised to 6 locations.
This part of my life was very exciting which included, hosting the world on famed “Electric Avenue” in Calgary during the 88 Olympics, to Cowboys night club and eventually becoming the director of Restaurants for the Pomeroy Group. 20 years in this industry taught me a great many skills including budgeting, human resources, marketing, branding, design and construction to name just a few.
Approximately seven years ago I found myself leaving hospitality and transferring my skill sets to the auto industry where I joined Revolution Auto Group and currently hold the position of Chief Marketing Officer
This is a fast moving, young and vibrant company with aggressive growth plans and the pleasing mentality of taking their key people along for the ride in ownership positions!
Although it has been a lot of work, it has been extremely rewarding to be a part of creating the brand and culture of this company.
With the natural vertical growth of acquiring additional dealerships there has also been horizontal growth of companies that accentuate our business plans. Motivate U, is an educational company designed to provide adult learning at a performance level. Programs include Life Coaching, personal training, Business training, Business coaching and Business strategy. Our recent customers include Revolution Auto Group, The City of Grande Prairie, Access Dental Corp, YMCA of Northern Alberta and various other small businesses within our communities. In addition to Motivate U we have also formed Insure U serving the life, disability and group insurance sector and Renewable U seeking renewable energy sources.
In August of 2016 I attended Stanford University in California and completed “Executive Marketing Management” as part of their Graduate Program. This high-level course proved to be invaluable in my educational growth and knowledge of Strategic Marketing.
Community involvement has served me well. By giving to my community it has always given back.
I am proud to have served two terms as president of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association.
I served as a Director on the board of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games and Past President of a local chapter of Business Networking International. BNI. I currently serve on the board of directors to the YMCA of Northern Alberta.
There is also of course the literally hundreds of fundraising initiatives and committees I have had the pleasure to participate with!
I truly believe Community is my “WHY”. Living, working, and raising a family in a community I can be involved with and create a positive change is the impact and the reward I am searching for.
I am the father of three children and when I am not working I find myself busy in activities we are mutually interested in such as hiking, Golf, and skiing.
I love to work hard and vacation well. Travel is still what excites me the most in my leisure time and hope to do more as the years progress!