Hi everyone! This week we want to introduce you to another new Tri 4 Schools board member. We’re all eager to have Kurt’s experience and insight on our board – read on to learn why!
Tell us a bit about you.
I am married to Diane and have three children and eight grandchildren (all of whom are still on the West Coast). I grew up and started my career in the San Francisco Bay Area. I spend 6 years in Denver were I experimented as a struggling entrepreneur. It was from that experience that I can acknowledge that one learns more from adversity. I returned to California until 1999 when I was recruited by Merrill Lynch to work in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2011, we moved to Madison to be closer to my wife’s parents. I am currently the Finance Manager for the Middleton Outreach Ministry.
In addition to having a fulfilling business career, I also have two avocations. I have volunteered on nonprofit boards for 25 years. I am currently the Chairperson of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center and also on the Overture Art’s Center Finance Committee. I was an adjunct professor having taught at University of California at Davis, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Edgewood College, and I am currently one with Cardinal Stritch University.
To stay active, I enjoy racquetball and golf.
How did you come to be involved with Tri 4 Schools?
I was introduced to Tri 4 Schools in 2012 when Katie made a presentation to Merlin Mentors. I volunteered to be part of a team that would guide Katie on what it meant to be an entrepreneur and, more importantly, what was required if one was going to increase the probability that a business plan would succeed. She has not disappointed me since.
What made you want to be a board member?
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to observe first hand the evolution of Tri 4 Schools and Katie’s passion for the organization’s mission.
What are you most excited about for Tri 4 Schools in 2014?
Without being obtuse, I am most excited about sitting down with Katie and the Board in January 2015 and acknowledging that we “did it!” The “did it” is a stretch goal that has yet to be fully articulated but will make its presence known.