My wife Emily and our two girls, Lydia (5) and Jane (1), live in Dundee, love a Gerda's doughnut on Saturday mornings, and are proud to call Omaha home.
I began my career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha Branch where I held multiple roles over that eight year stretch. Soon after leaving the Federal Reserve in 2008, I joined forces with Daniel Lawse to create Verdis Group, a sustainability consultancy. The firm is dedicated to helping primarily large institutional organizations identify and execute ways to be more sustainable. A huge part of this equation is energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy generation.
Verdis Group has experienced great success the last seven+ years with several noteworthy clients (UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, Omaha Public Schools, UNO, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Methodist Health System, and more). In 2015, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce named us the Small Business of the Year.
It is through my work with Verdis Group that I’ve learned a great deal about the energy industry. Where it’s been. Where it’s going. Its challenges and opportunities. It is an interesting time to be in the energy industry, and the years ahead are going to be even more dynamic with major changes occurring quickly.
I’ve been heavily involved in the community over the past several years taking leadership positions of varying capacities and earning a few awards here and there. Here’s a quick list of a few, both past and present:
University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council (current)
Omaha Business Ethics Alliance, Board of Trustees (2011 – current)
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, Board of Directors (2015 – current)
Bus Rapid Transit Stakeholder Committee, Chair (2015 – current)
Mode Shift Omaha, Board of Directors (2014 – current)
Leadership Omaha, Class 37 (2014 – 2015)
Complete Streets Stakeholder Committee (2014 – 2015)
Green Omaha Coalition, Board of Directors, Chair (2009 – 2014)
City of Omaha Urban Design Review Board (2013 – 2014)
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009)
Greater Omaha Young Professionals Council, Chair (2007 – 2009)
Environment Omaha Core Committee (2008 – 2010)
Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2011)
Omaha Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans Recognition & Distinguished Service Award (2009)
- Masters in Business Administration (2000) from the University of South Dakota
- Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management (1999)