When I walked into the Eagle’s Voice Toastmasters fall open house in 2015, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. To be honest, I did not even believe the demonstration meeting I witnessed was for me. It took another three months and a coworker who would not give up getting me to join. I never imagined after the final “dude, you really need to join” conversation that I would end up here, your Club Growth Director.
By nature, I am an early adapter. I love to say I tried it first, I owned it first or just in general I was first. Which is why when the call for Pathways Guides in the district came up, I jumped on the opportunity. That chance to be first into Pathways would ultimately be the first of many opportunities that has brought me to leadership today.
If there is one thing that I am continually reminded along my leadership journey, it is that I have not done this alone. I have had so many people help me along the way. That is the focus that I want us all to have throughout our next year. While we are all have different destinations, our journeys are best travelled together. Working together is what will give us the best club and member experience.
Outside of my Toastmasters time I enjoy spending time biking and, near, in or on the water (fresh, salt or frozen). I spent 12 years in the television news industry as a photojournalist and producer before making the transition to a corporate communications role five years ago. While there are plenty of days that I miss news, I can say with certainty I do not miss the 2:00 AM house fire calls. I currently reside in Des Moines with my wife Mackenzie and son Graham.