Department: Marketing & International Business
Hometown: Centerville, IA
Roommates (family, friends, pets): I have a wife, Anita, and a lab/golden retriever mix named Lily.
What are your guilty pleasures (junk food/TV/etc.): Eating chocolate and watching American Pickers.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Marketing professor at Minnesota State University. Funny how things work out!
No, I’m unsure what I wanted to do exactly, but I remember thinking that I wanted to go into business. I could see myself working for some larger corporation.
What was your major in undergrad?
I was a Business Administration major with an Economics minor.
Desert Island Categories: (If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could pick one item for each category to have with you, what would you choose?)
– Book: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
– Movie: Schindler’s List
– TV Series: Gilligan’s Island
– Musician: Bob Dylan
– Food Type: Salmon & Soybean/Veggie Burgers
Why did you decide to pursue teaching?
I got into teaching by accident. I had gotten out of the Marine Corps and had decided to go back to school and get my MBA. My next door neighbor was a teacher in the MBA program, so we got to know each other. When I was completing my program he asked me if I was interested in teaching. I hadn’t really thought about it but was willing to try anything, so he connected me with a school that was in need of a teacher. I ended up teaching there and that’s where my teaching career started. Teaching wasn’t a planned thing in my life. I was just in the right place at the right time.
What has been your favorite teaching moment?
My favorite teaching moment is not really in the classroom, but when a former student contacts me and is appreciative of the experience they had in their classes. Now they’re calling me to recruit students or ask my input. When they let me know that I did make just a little bit of difference in their life, it means a lot.
Favorite Quote/Saying: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll