What is the coolest thing you've experienced while working in the industry?I'd say having the opportunity to design and build numerous buildings for my Alma Mater (Marquette University).
If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose, and what character would play you?Any Bond movie with Sean Connery or Daniel Craig.
What was the best day of your life and why?I don’t think I can choose 1 but I can name 3. The day I married my wife, the birth of our first daughter Kaylee and the birth of our second daughter Kendall. Each of these events has altered me in indescribable ways.
What did you want to be when you grew up?Still working on that one.
What was your favorite subject in school?Geography. I used to sit and read the atlas for hours. I actually placed in the state geography bee in 8th grade, I nearly made it to Nationals with a chance to meet Alex Trebek who was hosting. I guess it's no wonder that I specialized in planning and real estate!
What's the coolest thing you've experienced while working in the industry?I don’t know how “cool” it is but memorable, definitely. I met the founder of Jelly Belly while I was working on property acquisition for a customer. I’ll never forget going to his factory, seeing all of the pictures of him with Ronald Reagan (fun fact: he was an avid jelly bean lover!), getting a bunch of jelly beans and leaving with the only jelly bean business card I’ve ever seen. We never got the deal done but I did enjoy those jelly beans!
What was the best day of your life?When I met my wife. My whole life changed for the better when we met and she continues to amaze me every day.
Who is the most inspirational person to you?I had a neighbor growing up who taught me to hunt and fish. I realized later in life that he mentored me in so many more ways. I named my son after him (Joseph).
What is your favorite book?I'm not a big reader in my spare time, but one book I read years ago was Catcher in the Wry by Bob Uecker. It's hilarious and I love Mr. Baseball!
Which skill would you love to learn?When my father passed away, he left me his 1966 Gibson guitar. I want to learn to play it in his memory. I probably will never be a great player, but just to be able to play the simplest song will mean a lot.
If you could choose one person, living or dead, whom would you most want to emulate and why?FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt). FDR believed that people who were given much had the obligation to give much and he carried that passion in everything he did. He became president, not because it was due him, but because he felt obligated to help on the best platform he could.
What was your favorite subject in school?History. Without a deep understanding of where we're from, we cannot truly understand who we are or where we are going. Also, Geography, because maps are awesome!
What was the best day of your life?The birth of my daughter, Anna.
What are your favorite hobbies?I love to go hiking, camping, hunting -- pretty much anything outdoors! Growing up, my family always got together over outdoor activities which we still love to plan today! Now, I do this as much as I can with my wife and daughter.
What type of car would you be?A VW bus. Over the years it has had so many uses and it still kind of a cool car to have. I hope I am that cool when I am that old.
What is your hidden talent?I can do cartwheels.
What is your favorite food or drink?My husband works in the craft beer industry and I am confident I know more about beer than most. Makes sense that we moved to Wisconsin!
What's one goal you'd like to accomplish during your lifetime?Speak a foreign language fluently! I can get by with Spanish, but am a bit rusty.
What is your favorite hobby?Remodeling Homes
What is your favorite book?A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
If money were not a concern, what would you do every day if you didn't work?To start, every day would be 75 and sunny. Then be able to sit on the sidewalk with my daughter and fiance, drinking an iced tea, watching my daughter play with chalk, while having no worries in the world.
Who is the most inspirational person to you?My mother - she alone raised my two sisters and I while working countless hours to support us. She also taught me the work ethic I have today and that family should always be number one in our lives.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?Being from Texas, I have eaten rattlesnake on more than one occasion. I don't think it really tastes like chicken, but in the South, we can pretty much batter and deep fry anything to make it edible.
What type of car would you be?I think I would be a newish SUV. Nothing real fancy, but with a good motor and interior, but a few dings on the outside.