I grew up in the Minneapolis MN area. I enlisted in the US Navy 2 weeks out of high school. I served for 4 years and worked as an electrician repairing all types of electrical equipment ranging from flight deck elevators to movie projectors. I left the Navy and returned to MN and started college. I met a gorgeous redhead in a math class my first quarter. We ended up in the same chemistry class and became lab partners the following quarter. We started dating and ended up being lifelong partners (39 years in November). We have two adult sons one (Jon) lives in the valley, the other (Ben) in Virginia near Washington, DC. Prior to joining Habitat, I worked for Alcan Packaging for 30 years in various management positions doing extensive travel in the US, Canada and Mexico. I spent my last five years’ in industry working for Neenah Foundry as a member of the senior leadership team.
What made me volunteer at Habitat
I had volunteered for Habitat Builds in the past in Minneapolis and the valley. My wife Kathy has volunteered at the Habitat office for the last 16 years. 2-3 years before I retired she kept reminding me that I was already signed up for the Senior Crew. She believed that I operated at too high a level of intensity to be around all of the time and that the Senior Crew would be a good diversion. The Senior Crew is a great group to work with. The members have superb construction and training skills. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge. I learn new things on every job site.
When not volunteering at Habitat I work part time as a consultant to for the foundry and packaging industries in the areas of operations improvement and business analysis. I have been a scout leader for over 25 years. Both of our sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I currently serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 135. I will still camp a couple of times a year with the troop. My low temperature record for winter camping is -12F! I also coach youth shooting sports (22 rifle, 4 position) for the Appleton Rifle and Pistol Club for young men and women between the ages of 12 – 18.
My first part time job in college was working at the VA National Cemetery in Minneapolis as a grounds keeper and of course gravedigger. For the remainder of college, I worked part time for the state employment service and the university’s veterans outreach office counseling veterans on employment and education opportunities.