Prior to teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran College, I held senior management positions, within multiple disciplines, for companies in various industries. I began my career in the marketing department of the country's largest domestic manufacturer of knit
accessories and rose to the position of International Marketing Director responsible for all international sales and procurement.
I was then hired to use my skills and gifts to help establish the International Trade Center (ITC) at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The center was responsible for assisting businesses in the
development of international marketing plans and the execution of the plan through various activities such as workshops, seminars, trade shows and student research projects. While there I co-authored a workbook, International Business Planning for Small and Medium Sized Businesses, used in various colleges to assist student senior capstone projects in the
development of international marketing plans for business clients.
Following a successful launch of the trade center, I was recruited by a Fortune 500 retailer to revamp its international activities, including procurement, logistics, finance, and U.S. Customs activities. My responsibilities grew to include all of the cash
management functions, payroll, and risk management, eventually serving as Corporate Treasurer of the organization.
Given my marketing, finance, and international experience, I was recruited by a large Midwestern bank to oversee it treasury management activities as well as the international department. I was responsible for pricing, marketing, and product development of the
corporation's Treasury Management products and coordinating the sales efforts through regional sales managers.
My past career activities in marketing, international business, and finance, along with more than 20 years of being an adjunct college instructor, allow me to bring a unique perspective to students. I believe my diverse career was God training me to be ready to
accept the call to train future Christian business leaders at WLC.
My research interests include the study of leadership, followership, and how these two important tasks are needed in both the business community as well as the nonprofit community. Student research has included the impact of student group activity for self-chosen teams versus
professor assigned teams.
back to the church and the community has been a major focus throughout my
professional career. Serving in
leadership roles in the areas of evangelism, church expansion, and school board
functions at various past congregations has been a big part of my past. In addition to church work, I have served on
the Board of Directors for a large, multi-site early education organization,
including two years as Board Chairman. In addition I served on the
organization's executive and endowment committees.