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About Me

I was born and raised in Calgary and Lethbridge Alberta Canada. I went to BYU, served a mission in southern Italy, and graduated with a degree in Italian with a second major in Accounting in 1985. My wife Nadine and I put ourselves through college by starting a painting business. We graduated without debt and purchased a home with our savings upon graduation.

I returned to Calgary to work for the major accounting firm, Arthur Andersen. I wanted to stay connected to BYU so I formed the Calgary chapter of the BYU Management Society in 1988. This organization still exists today and is called the N.E. Tanner Management Society. I chose this name because N. Eldon Tanner was my father’s mentor and my hero. We next returned to BYU for graduate studies, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior in 1991.

This time I focused on leadership and change, allowing me to turn my lifelong passion into an exhilarating career. I started as a management consultant for Novations, where we helped our clients clarify their strategy and then align their organization and leadership to deliver on that strategy.

In the meantime, three children were sent to us and I divided my time between my career, my family and working with the youth and scouting. We moved to Orem in 1992 and we thoroughly loved our neighborhood and the quality of life here. Our neighbors became our friends and family and we felt that we had truly found a home like no other we had ever had before.
I joined Geneva Steel in 1996 as the Assistant to the President and helped lead a turnaround project that sought to overcome the insurmountable financial challenges the company faced. In 1998, I received an opportunity that I could not pass up to help transform the culture of a large pharmaceutical company in Indiana. We reluctantly left Orem, comforted by the absolute certainty that we were being guided by larger forces.

Indiana blessed our family with another daughter, opportunities for church service, and the ability to lead change at Eli Lilly, one of the largest corporations in America. It was the most difficult period of our lives; one that brought our family together and prepared us for the future and where we are today.

We returned to Canada in 2006 to assist our aging parents and I started a new business venture called LeadershipSmarts. The company quickly grew to become one of the largest leadership development companies in Alberta, and we influenced the lives of thousands of employees/managers in over 200 companies to become better leaders by becoming better people. In Canada, I coached sports teams, served as a director for a performing arts foundation, as a director for a foundation to strengthen families called Families Matter, and an Advisory Board member for the Marriott School of Management in Organizational Behavior / Human Resources. I also started a new business venture called LeadershipSmarts. The company quickly grew to become one of the largest leadership development companies in Alberta, and we influenced the lives of thousands of employees/managers in over 200 companies to become better leaders by becoming better people. I coached sports teams, served as a director for a performing arts foundation, as a director for a foundation to strengthen families called Families Matter, and an Advisory Board member for the Marriott School of Management in Organizational Behavior / Human Resources.

Our children were living in Springville at the time, and their parents were from Salem. They suggested that we live further south in Utah County. We were initially thinking about Highland and Alpine and began to look for houses there. But our youngest daughter attended a BYU camp and the Orem high school kids were so friendly and welcoming that she suggested we move there instead. That made perfect sense to my Nadine and I – we had the exact same experience years before! So we changed the focus of our search to come back to Orem.

We found a home here in early 2015 and even though we live in the opposite end of the city now, we found that Orem’s Family City USA motto permeates our lives in the same way it did before. The amazing family neighborhoods exist all over.
I have recently formed another company called ExecutiveScience to help top leaders become better executives. I am also deeply involved with SWONA (the SouthWest Orem Neighborhood Association), an organization dedicated to helping Orem thrive as a beautiful place for raising families. I have visited 100’s of homes, going door to door to discuss the impact of unchecked growth on Orem residents.

I have always been passionate and committed to important causes – BYU, families, the arts, sports, church service, and most importantly, my wife, my four children and now my extended family that includes six grandchildren. I have consulted, trained and presented to tens of thousands of people around the globe to help them become better leaders. I’ve been a global consultant in conflict resolution, helping to get everyone on the same page, and finding solutions that benefit all parties. This is my passion and my career – one I never could have imagined as an accountant at Arthur Andersen 30 years ago.

I have never been involved in the formal political process other than being a party member and voting during each election. My desire to run for Orem City Council is driven by my passion to preserve Family City USA and curb unchecked growth. My work and life experience have positioned me to act as a powerful persuasive agent for the voters on City Council. My knowledge of voter opinions, knowledge of business and academic issues, strength of opinion, flexibility, consideration for all, common sense, and family principles will help Orem forge a new direction for management of commercial growth, negotiation with the State on UVU growth, and management of neighborhood renewal. I will work to align everything in the City to be consistent with that direction.

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