My overall core philosophy is simple…

Intentional Self-Leadership + Inspirational Team Leadership = Invigorating Culture


First and foremost, I’m a husband to my beautiful wife, Rachel, and I’m a proud father. We’ve been blessed with two curious and energetic daughters, Ellie and Mia, who constantly remind us of the simple joys in life.

Much of my day is spent as the Head of Employee Success and Director of Training & Development for ETE REMAN, which is the nation’s largest remanufacturer of transmissions and a 2021 USA Top Workplace. At ETE, I teach 100 managers the core principles of leadership, management, and personal development. Additionally, I create roadmaps for the following initiatives: culture, employee engagement, talent acquisition, leadership development, talent management, onboarding, and employee wellness.

Before joining ETE, I spent 12 years at the Wisconsin Athletic Club as the Director of People & Service, Director of Training & Development, and General Manager. During my tenure, I published the book SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled.


If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past decade, it’s that now is the time to build your career, shape your life, and strategically work on laying the foundation for accomplishing your dreams and prospering to your true potential. While there are many people who try to accomplish this, very few of them are given a roadmap of where to start; thus, I hope you will find me as your resource for getting your compass pointed in the right direction.


Featured Publications

Wellness Book Series

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