My life has been fully lived, rewarding and rich in educational opportunities. I have been a newspaper delivery boy, laborer, musician, marketer, salesman, trainer, manager, fighter, itinerant lay preacher, business owner, community volunteer and politician. Along the way I have learned a bunch!
Much of what I learned I instinctively stored away. And now I use this information to offer a unique perspective on how important every person’s impact and involvement is in shaping the communities in which they live.
In 2003 I had the incredible fortune to be asked by Niles Hushka, CEO of Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ), to join KLJ Solutions, Inc. Since then I have been involved in customer relations and marketing roles for KLJ.
One of the driving forces for the establishment of this site, my vast public speaking endeavors and finally my book is culled from those roles. Another, from my responsibilities serving as a City Commissioner for the city of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson is a large regional civil engineering firm and as most similar firms, is lead by people with servant hearts and vision who literally design communities. These communities are a result of the dreamers (clients) they work with and for on a daily basis. These dreamers, just like you, make this world an interesting and exciting place to live. Their fulfilled dreams give us airports, parks, efficient transit systems, thriving and revived historic business and financial districts, institutions of higher learning, clean and dependable drinking water and so much more… the footprint for entire communities.
What do I speak about?
How important you are. How vital your dreams are to the circle of life that impacts us all. Additionly, I offer suggestions and provide life lessons about civics, turning dreams into goals, and working together to build communities by developing good habits, goal setting and maximizing strengths. I emphasize how ethics and leadership play a vital role and how managing just one commodity impacts virtually all decisions we make.
Initially I spoke to middle school through high school age students. Over time and by request I have adapted my talks for students of all ages, their parents and/or mentors, community leaders and anyone else that has an interest in dreaming with their eyes wide open. Because dreamers with their eyes wide open, when equipped with the right tools, in combination with their passion, always have and always will change the world.