Class of 1999
Major: Business Administration Minor: Communications
Post-Graduate: Juris Doctorate and Master's of Business Administration
Other activities: Reagan Fellowship Program, student mentor, various charitable organizations.
Occupation: Vice President and General Counsel, Farnsworth Group, Inc. Dunlap, Illinois
Family: Stephanie (wife) and two sons, Avery (8) and Alexander (6) and Willis (French bulldog)
What are you watching or reading?
My guilty pleasure is watching the Blacklist on NBC starring James Spader. As far as books go, I love early American History, especially surrounding the Revolutionary War and the “characters” (major and minor) who played a part.
Why is it important for you to be a part of the alumni board and participate in the advancement of Eureka College?
Over the years I have hosted Eureka College alumni events in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and have shared career guidance and insight to EC students interested in pursuing a legal career and related studies.
What is something about your current self that your college self would be proud of?
I think my college self would be proud of the fact that I have a core set of principles that have kept me grounded over years and allowed me to find true joy and balance in a wonderful family and work that I am passionate about. I think my younger self would also appreciate (and laugh) at the fact that the older I get, the more I realize how much I don’t know. At the end of the day, doing what you instinctually know to be right and continuing to learn, appreciating the many talents and unique qualities of those around you, and helping when you are able is a joy in and of itself and makes the journey all worthwhile.
Who was an influential person during your time at Eureka – how did they make a difference in your life?
There are so many individuals deserving of a shout out it is nearly impossible to pick. I can easily and wholeheartedly thank every one of my EC professors all of whom come to mind. Each taught me valuable life lessons that I have carried with me over the years. Indeed, one of the greatest things about a liberal arts degree is the well-rounded education you receive, which reveals how interconnected the many disciplines are and how that interconnectedness transcends everything in life. That recognition coupled with the grounded midwestern approach and instruction from EC helped and guided me in so many different ways over the years that I will forever be grateful.