Where were you at in your career when you joined ACHE?
I was 10 years into my career and working as a Director of Rehabilitation in a regional hospital. Experiencing the challenges of middle management. I still remember talking to the mentor that sponsored my membership- best advice I received.
Where are you now in your career?
Senior leadership role just transitioned from Chief Executive Officer of an independent health care organization to the Chief Administrative Officer of the same organization post affiliation. Regional accountability has been added to responsibility.
How have you been involved with ACHE-WI?
How has ACHE been valuable to your career progression?
Mentorship outside of your own organization. Career development conversations should exist both internally and externally. ACHE provided eager mentors, friends and colleagues in the region to network with.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
Easy my wife Jen. I have had 5 extremely influential individuals in my life- and not one is more important than the other. As I reflect, I fortunately had the right mentor at the right phase of my career. In fact, a bucket list event would be to have dinner with all five present. The one constant mentor has been my wife. Highs, lows, late nights and early mornings- we share a passion of healthcare and hard work.
What advice would you give someone aspiring to be in a role similar to yours?
- Win each day-and don’t miss an opportunity to impact a person, organization or community.
- Do not become cynical and keep hopeful
- Build relationships and make that part of your day.
What is the best gift that you ever received?
My wife and I got each other dogs. Liam and Harper were both impulsive gifts (like most dogs) but have become the hobby we needed for balance. Liam is trained in emotional support and comes to work with me 2-3 days a week and joins me for leadership rounds on employees. He has impacted me both professionally and personally.