Hometown: Saint Paul
Family: Wife Kate of five years.
Pets: Daphne, Scout and Tiki – all senior-age dogs from the Animal Rescue League.
Hobbies and interests: I love to travel, read Sociology-related books and enjoy learning and experiencing new things. I’ve played drums my whole life.
Occupation: City planner for the city of Marshalltown.
What that means: I manage the development-review process for the city. It involves everything from working on new subdivisions, to sign permits, to finding ways to reach our long-term community goals. I often define myself as a jack-of-all-trades for development and community issues.
Tenure: Five years as planner, approximately seven years total with the city.
Best part of job: I get to meet and learn from so many different people – that’s really the gift I’ve been given because I am the only city planner. I am able to get involved in a lot of “big picture” issues and share in a vision for a better Marshalltown with some truly creative and caring people.
If I could change jobs I would be: Anything that allows me to visit new places and explore; so probably a travel writer. I’d secretly love to be a chef although I can’t tell you the last time I cooked a meal that wasn’t of the frozen variety.
Books: “Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere,” by Lucas Mann, which combined two of my favorite subjects – baseball and Sociology.
Movies: “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese and “The Patriot,” directed by Roland Emmerich. Let me just add I’ve never seen “Star Wars”!
Food: The deepest deep-dish pizza I can find. Probably Oreganos in Phoenix .
Sports: Iowa State University Cyclones and Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. Anyone whose seen my office can attest!
Best part of living here: Meeting many people from all walks of life. Marshalltown is small enough to participate and make a difference, but large enough to meet basic needs. Growing up in Saint Paul makes me really appreciate the short commute times.
Most influential people: I will consider my life a success if I am half as kind, smart, and humble as my father.
Local involvement: Community Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Public Art Commission, Marshalltown Main Street and Cleaniac. I am fortunate, through my job, to have the opportunity to participate in so many great organizations.
Advice on life: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Never stop learning.