Tell us a bit about what you have been doing since 8th grade?
After St. Joe’s, I attended high school and then college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I studied Business Management and following graduation, worked for Wells Fargo. After four years at Wells Fargo, I interviewed and got a position at CCF Bank in 2010. After several years of working and living in Eau Claire, I was offered the opportunity to move back home, to Rice Lake, to start up a new CCF Branch location and I am now the Community Bank President. Since then, I have started a family and my wife, Katie and I, now have three children, Ryan (fourth-grade), Emily (third-grade), and Evelyn (Kindergarten), whom all attend St. Joseph Catholic School. It has been a blessing for our family to be living in Rice Lake and now experiencing the school as I did in my younger years.
What is important to you in the education of your children?
When my wife, Katie, and I were looking for a school for our first child, we knew that we needed a safe place that would embrace our son for his shy personality. I knew that the small classroom environment, that St. Joe’s provides, would help provide him a sense of belonging and encourage strong friendships with his classmates. The friendship bonds that my children have at St. Joe’s are very close – like siblings almost – which has been a great blessing.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I have always been a very driven individual; chasing after success in my personal life and professional life. I also love to meet new people. Through my professional career at CCF Bank, I find a lot of joy in helping business owners to be successful in their endeavors. My greatest professional accomplishment is helping those businesses and the people who work in this community. It makes Rice Lake a great place to live.
Did you have a favorite subject or teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School? / Favorite memory at St. Joseph?
My favorite subject has and always will be Mathematics. I really enjoyed having Mr. Bob Seabold as my math teacher. He always pushed me to work harder, even though math came easy for me. The most important thing I’ve gained from attending St. Joseph Catholic School as a child was the exposure to presenting class projects in front of my classmates. That exposure to public speaking has helped me in my career. Playing football and basketball were also fond memories of being at St. Joe’s.
Any advice for current students to make the most of their experience at St. Joseph?
Don’t blend in! Get out there and try new things. If you are not involved in an extra-curricular, try something, and then if that doesn’t fit, try something new. I encourage you, when you graduate from St. Joseph School, to take extra courses in high school to challenge yourself. Don’t lose sight of your dreams and what you want to do with your life. Don’t blend in!