I am a happily married man of 22 years with two great kids. And with 20+ years of senior leadership experience in the corporate and nonprofits worlds, I've travel throughout the Spanish-speaking world and have been blessed with a career that has allowed me to express my creativity and innovation, all the while having the opportunity to develop and grow successful business and ministry operations and people.
Strategic Planning & Implementation
Lead a $12 million nonprofit organization of 40+ team members with field operations and partnerships throughout Central and South America.
Reason For Leaving:
Still employed there.
Central American Hydro Power
Mexico City, Mexico
Comprehensive responsibility to secure, finance, engineer, and construct hydro power sties in twelve Central and South American countries.
Reason For Leaving:
Sensed a calling from God to move into nonprofit ministry work.
Progressively larger roles in a Fortune 50 company, from Manager, e-Business Solutions to National Account Manager to Director of Sales, North America to Managing Director, Latin America to GM, North American Consumer Products. Largest workforce overseen was 400 with an annual budget of $52 million.
Reason For Leaving:
Opportunity to lead a promising startup in Mexico City.
New York, NY
Developed and implemented sales and marketing programs for advertisers in the automobile (cars, trucks, parts and repairs) vertical.
Reason For Leaving:
Offered a leadership role at Motorola.
Penn State University
Business & Finance. Graduated Summa Cume Laude.
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Please share your faith story.
I was raised in a Christian family and accepted Christ at the age of 6. Having a world-class bible camp near our home in rural Wisconsin, I was heavily influenced by the teaching and exposure to a broad mix of Christians early in my life. At the age of 14 I had what I call a “full conversion” experience in a re-dedication of my life to Christ at this camp. I have trusted God and have followed Christ my whole life.
My current relationship with God is at the most honest and deepest level it has ever been. However, to provide some context, I will tell you that over the past 10 years I have been in the process of shedding much of what I formerly may have believed about God either because it was only tradition-based denominationally or because life brings you to new places and you discover that maybe what I had been following was more influenced by culture and society, even religious movements, than it was a direct result of knowing God as He is! I also want to say that suffering, pain, challenges, and the disrupted world we live in all lead me, as it has millions of others over time, to a deeper understanding of God’s ways. As I say daily; “He is the Lord my God and in Him I will put my trust for all of time.”
What practices or disciplines contribute to your personal spiritual health?
God is very present in my daily life through regular prayer and reading of His Word. I have been an active member, Deacon, and officer in my church now in Denver for 5+ years. I also have taken a one-week silent sabbatical at a monastery each year for the past 6 years to simply unwind and listen to God.
What do you (and your family, if you have one) do for fun?
Well, I love love LOVE fly-fishing and Montana! I enjoy studying new business trends and staying on top of the disruption that is/has been happening with digital technology. My wife and I enjoy travel, long walks, and dinner out with friends. I coach my kids' sports team as much as possible. And I love NFL football and college basketball. I love nature and so enjoy camping, hiking. And oh, did I mention…. fly-fishing!!
What is your marital status?
If married, how does (or would) your spouse view your work in ministry?
My wife, Maria, has always been with me 100% (despite the travel and long hours), and is especially supportive of the work in ministry I have done over the past few years. She also serves in several various ways herself, participating in many short-term mission trips including international locations like Haiti, Nicaragua, and Haitian work in the Bahamas.
What are your top 3 spiritual gifts?
Leadership, wisdom, and discernment
What would people close to you likely say are your strengths?
Decision-making, empowering my team, integrity, personal relationships, understanding of business and finances
What would people close to you likely say are your most needed areas of personal growth?
This certainly isn't a unique answer, but I'm pretty sure they would say patience. I need to be more aware that people comprehend and work at a different pace than I normally do. This is something that I'm (at least now) aware of and constantly working on.
Who have been the most influential people in your life? From which voices or leaders are you currently learning and growing the most?
My Christian family modeled their genuine faith at home (most of the time.) My mentor, Bob Briner. My five accountability partners and long-time friends which I currently maintain. Christian and non-Christian authors and thinkers like Andy Crouch, Tim Keller, Dietrich Bonhoffer, C.S. Lewis, Henry Blackaby, Simon Sinek, Seth Godin and Patrick Lencioni.
What is your denominational or church network affiliation? Has that changed in the past five years? If so, list previous affiliations.
I was raised in the Free Methodist Church and have attended several other denominations over the years (Baptist, Presbyterian). I am currently deeply involved in leadership at a non-denominational Bible church.
What is your current employment status? Describe the exit from your most recent position.
I am employed full-time as the CEO of a nonprofit ministry. I left the corporate life a few years ago based on a clear calling from God, and while I'm thankful for my career there, it was the best decision I have ever made.