What do you do in your role at The Next Step?
As a consultant at The Next Step, I focus on Operations related opportunities. When working with different clients, I provide “fresh eyes” to them, helping them look at their business to improve workflow, product quality, organizational structure, and leadership.
How/when did you first become interested in this type of work?
In a sense, I have always done this work. I have run many Operations groups, applying the same continuous improvement, Operational development, and leadership methodologies. With my work for TNS, I get to apply my experience to the clients I work with.
What aspect of your job brings you the most satisfaction?
When I see a client get the “Aha!” experience. While I am working with them to improve an aspect of their business, I enjoy it when they learn how to use the methodologies and techniques we work together on.
If you have a pet, what do you most enjoy about them?
We have an Australian Labradoodle named Rory. My kids named him after a character from the “Dr. Who?” TV series. There are two things I enjoy about him. Rory is fun to play with – we spend many hours “playing catch” in the backyard and taking walks on our local walking paths. More importantly, I love seeing his interaction and connection with my family. They are nuts about him and he is about them.
How do you like to spend your free time?
My free time is centered around my family. I always say I am a Husband/Dad first, and everything follows in line after that. If it is not doing something together outside – work or play – we spend a lot of time together taking road trips, playing games, watching movies, or taking part in activities at our Church.
Certifications and Credentials
- University of St. Thomas – BA – Operations Management, BA – Psychology
- University of St. Thomas – MBA
- Trainer – Manufacturers Alliance – Kaizen, Value Stream Management, Team Leadership
- Adjunct Faculty Member – Mini-Masters of the Lean Enterprise
- Manufacturers Alliance – Advisory Board
- Knights of Columbus – Grand Knight, Trustee, Minnesota State Family of the Year
Homebase: Chanhassen, MN USA