How would you describe your role, purpose or the outcomes you drive?
My role is to drive our Chicago office by leading and supporting our business development team and consultants. My purpose is to make sure our mission, vision, and values are represented in everything we do on a daily basis. When we do this, our own organizational outcomes align with both our clients and consultants.
How has your previous work experience prepared you for your role with Salo?
I’ve led teams in previous roles and each situation, the team goals aligned with the goals of the client group we were supporting. Keeping clear and transparent communication was a requirement for success in those roles and that is no different in my role with Salo.
How do you achieve business outcomes?
By focusing on the long term impact our desired outcomes will have, I usually work backward to identify smaller goals and outcomes to drive toward. Goal after goal, the momentum builds and ultimately we reach our desired and intended outcome.
What impact did your upbringing have on the way you approach your work and life?
I grew up in rural South Dakota. My family ran the café/bar in town. We worked six days a week and on Sundays we cleaned the café/bar. The work ethic my parents instilled in me has played a significant role in my professional development. I live by a quote my father shared with me one Sunday when I was cleaning the deep fryer, “a job worth doing is job worth doing well.” He taught me if I was going to do something, do it the best I possibly can. Don’t settle with just getting by or good enough. I approach everything in life; especially work, with that mindset.
How would your friends describe you?
My friends would say I’m the guy they can call and ask for help with anything. Whether that means I take action, get them connected, or just listen to their needs, I am always eager to help. My friends know that I’m a true believer in karma and every good deed will find its way back to you.
List three interesting things about you, but only one of them needs be true.
I graduated college in 3 years. I won a hot dog eating contest in college. I love to cook, but I can not get Rice Krispy bars to stay soft.
What is your favorite thing about working at Salo?
My favorite thing about working at Salo is that everyday we make a difference in our clients and consultants lives. It can be as simple as sharing a piece of information to support a business decision or something significant that ensures a desired outcome is achieved.