UW Alumni Association
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I often am not and advocate of mixing my professional life and personal life, but it is often a welcome side effect in my line of work. Along that line, the relationships I have developed are by far my greatest accomplishment. I have always thought, the more I knew a person, the more qualified I was to identify their needs, their families needs, and it was my personal responsibility. These relationships have followed me through my professional transitions, and they require maintenance, but I cannot imagine my 29 years on planet earth without them. Coming in a close second would be playing "Oberon" King of the Fairies in Shakespeare's "A Mid-Summers Nights Dream" to impress a girl in high-school (shockingly, it did not work).
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My primary personal development goal: I would like to feel more comfortable speaking to large groups of people, I believe it to be a gift that few have (I do not). I have always admired people who can rise to the occasion, I look at this as an important leadership skill. I plan on participating in some improv to work on this, or just doing more things that make me uncomfortable. This is pretty simple but I believe it is high on my list in the coming years. Business Goal: I would like to put my department and association in a position to really contribute to the University of Wyoming in ways that can be most beneficial. I am quite aware that this may sound boiler plate, but with funding restraints at UW this will be a challenge. I would like to populate our career services database to 1500 alumni mentors around the United States to assist with that post graduation anxiety that so many experience.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I served on the St. Laurence O'Toole Parish and Finance Council for 6 years and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It may not sound that interesting but it was a significant time commitment, managing over $600,000 a year for a church that, at the time, consistently fell into the red, or would have had it not been for some major gifts. I loved being involved and the feeling of being around genuinely good people was the greatest reward of all. I have done other philanthropic activities with organizations I have been involved with, I have always thought that often one "goes through the motions" but this was certainly not the case with St. Laurence.
What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?
I would Live Local Work Local WILL HAVE the greatest impact in Laramie. If you look at why some large corporations pass on Laramie, and Wyoming in general, it is 95% labor force concerns. This happens often, and it harms us. Laramie is a competitive job market, often graduates would like to stay, but they do not know of the opportunities available. They don't realize engineering firms need accountants, graphic designers, and legal counsel. I think this will have a lasting impact on our community if it can continue to be successful.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
Laramie is on the cusp of exponential growth. I believe that if the community, and the state, continue to allow a business friendly atmosphere Laramie is right on the edge of serious growth in the next decade, and being a part of that is very, very, exciting.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I don't know if I have ever been the best at anything, but I try to make up the difference with a strong work ethic, and fidelity to principle.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Laramie is a different animal when you get out of school. It is a wonderful community. You always start in the mail room in these places, it is your responsibility to make yourself available in these communities and always be an advocate for them.