Education: Bachelor’s in architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Previous position: Project manager, Abacus Architects Inc.
Current position: Partner/owner, Abacus Architects
How did you work your way up?
“I was hired about four or five years ago to help with the design aspect of projects. A year after I started, I helped open the firm’s Milwaukee office, which has been a really great expansion for Abacus. I had always made it clear that I either wanted to be a partner or start my own firm, so when they eventually asked me to be a partner, it was a two-way street.”
New responsibilities as an owner?
“All along, I have been doing the things that I have to do as an owner – developing new business, nurturing existing client relationships, bringing design to a higher level and working on higher profile projects. It’s not easy to balance multiple responsibilities, but there is no way I could do this without my team at Abacus.”
Next career goal?
“I want to continue my ownership in the firm on a deeper level. My sights are set on the growth of the company.”
In your free time?
“I like to work on sculptures, metal fabrication and woodwork. I like working with my hands, and teaching my kids how to do stuff like that is a really fun experience.”
Balancing work and family life?
“When I’m with my kids, I’m about my kids. When I’m with my wife, I’m about my wife. When I’m with church, I do that. When I’m at work, I do that. I concentrate on what I’m doing at the time and try to do it the best I can.”