My personal passion for technology, barbequing a mean brisket and other hobbies is surpassed by my goal to live a life of servitude. Helping my grandchildren, the youth and others in our region to become future leaders is vital to enriching our community’s economy and its quality of life.
Inland Northwest Technology Pros Association (INWPTA), Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
I founded this organization after falling in love with the North Idaho market, the people and the work ethic. With my experience in larger arenas, I noticed there were particular challenges this small market faced in staying current on technologies and best practices. As a way to fill this need, the North Idaho Information Technology Professionals’ Association was born.
The INWPTA works to make a difference in the IT industry enabling a competitive advantage while acting as a cornerstone of economic development. With similar missions, INWPTA has built close relationships with the University of Idaho’s Cybersecurity Training and Operations Center and PTech that are tremendously gratifying. These two organizations are dedicated to bridging the gap between rural youth and well-paying industry job placement. Together, we work to expand training opportunities and high-tech career paths for our youth, helping them reach their full potential. INWPTA also partners with the Community Security Coalition (CSC).
University of Idaho Computer Science Programs
Several years ago, I envisioned computer science programs being offered at the University of Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene campus. I shared my vision with Charles Buck, UI’s Associate Vice President, and am thrilled that starting in 2017, the UI, Coeur d’Alene campus will be offering a complete four-year program together with my organization, the North Idaho Information Technology Association. NIITPA hopes to be an asset to this program’s students.
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation-Level Certification
This amazing resource is maintained by those in the IT community as a set of standard operational management procedures and practices and skill requirements for organizations. My Foundation-Level certification has helped give me a greater appreciation for the operational side of IT.
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
I have been a champion of this program after observing that today’s business environment simply does not have the necessary resources to properly mentor new professionals. As a result, our emerging leaders lack complete skill sets and fundamental commerce principles. To address this issue, I spearheaded the development of improving the existing leadership program offered by the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. The enhanced quarterly program I trial offered provided sessions on management principles influenced by Stephen Covey, one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities. The Chamber has now formalized its own enhanced leadership program.
Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation
Business Level, Member
Growing and maintaining a strong local economy while honoring the values and traditions of North Idaho is a cause that is close to my heart. I am proud to support Jobs Plus, a small-business development agency committed to promoting economic growth for Kootenai County, Idaho by providing resources in infrastructure, financing, and job training.
Health Industry Initiative Group
Idaho Forest Owners Association
As a member of this organization, I am interested in helping other North Idaho forest owners maintain their rural traditions while promoting stewardship.
Alliance Defending Freedom
Freedom is the foundation upon which success and innovation are built. Protecting the rights of all people to reach their full potential is an important cause and one that I embrace.
Pacific Northwest BBQ Association
As one of the founding members of this organization, it is gratifying to see how much it’s grown in recent years. I am a fan of the old-school, “dry rub” method, always made from scratch, and sauce on the side, never on the meat. I make it a point to judge an event or two each year to keep tabs on how the region is modifying its flavor profiles and techniques, but am happiest when I’m preparing barbecue for family and friends.
Idaho Drug Free Youth
Past Board member
Positive mentoring is a building block to strong and successful communities. This organization reaches thousands of teens every year, empowering them to embrace their individuality and navigate their adolescent years in the healthiest and happiest way possible.
Sandpoint High School
Technical Advisory Board
Sandpoint High School, Technical Advisory Board, Sandpoint, Idaho as an advisory member, I am honored to collaborate and share my experiences to help our youth reach their full potential in the technology industry and our community.
Classical Christian Academy
Kootenai County 4-H