I joined the family business in 1973 at 10 years old. In my 48 years with the company, I have been involved in a variety of roles within the business. During my Middle & High School years, I worked in the warehouse, the manufacturing plant, the retail showroom, and as an on-the-road sales/delivery person covering the Upper Midwest. While I attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I ran the corporate research farm where feed trials were performed for the company’s brand of Livestock Feeds. In 1990, I moved back into the wholesale distribution division of the company and filled numerous roles from Inside Sales, Outside Sales, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Buyer, Product Line Manager, Operations Manager, Transportation Manager, Warehousing Manager, and VP of Operations. In 1993 I returned to St. Thomas University to obtain my degree in Entrepreneurship which prepared me further for the role of President, which I assumed in 2009. I live in Inver Grove Heights, MN with my wife Nicholle who is the company’s Human Resource Manager. I have five children, Bethany (34), Ben (32), Josh (30), Maddie (22), and Jack (20), and two grandchildren, Ellie (4) and Olivia (1). My daughter Bethany is the Business Development Representative and is married to Matt Pawlikowski who is the Corporate IT Manager. Maddie is a Graphic Designer in Marketing and Jack works as an Analyst and Executive Assistant to the President while going to college.
Fun Fact: My favorite hobbies include flying light-sport and private planes and golf.