My family has lived in Shorewood for over 17 years. I am a certified public accountant (CPA) with an accreditation in business valuation and I lead the transfer pricing and international business valuation practice at WTP Advisors. I have a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. My education and experience has prepared me to provide process improvement and financial experience that is missing on the Shorewood City Council.
Over the past nearly two decades in Minnesota I have been active in Shorewood and the broader Twin Cities community. I served our local Troop (424) as an Assistant Scout leader - where I took scouts on many fun camping trips and treks. I served on the Board of Directors for four years at Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center) – a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that delivers world-class educational, diplomatic, and corporate programs that connect Minnesota to the world serving as Global Minnesota's Treasurer / Chair of the Finance Committee for two of the four years while there. More recently I co-taught a course on Transfer Pricing at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business.
I grew up in Maine and have lived in big and small communities both in the United States and in Europe including Boston, Rochester, NY, Chicago, Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium. Being a part of the community is important to me and my family and because of my experiences I am committed to serving Shorewood.
Upon repatriation to the U.S. from Belgium in 2005, my wife, Kristine and I chose to raise our family in Shorewood largely because we value the natural setting and small town community feel that Shorewood has provided for all of us. Our three children have benefited from an outstanding education at Minnetonka schools (2 graduates and 1 at MHS). All three of our children have benefited from the immersion program, Vantage, International Baccalaureate, music and theater programs. Our two sons are Eagle Scouts. Being a part of the community and serving it is who we are as a family.
I bring a fresh perspective and energy to bring positive change to our City government. I offer analytical tools, cost benefit frameworks, and a customer service approach to serve Shorewood residents.
Our Scout crew taking a break during a long 1 mile portage. I'm standing on the far right next to my two sons, Alec and Jack.
Included in the photo are Excelsior Firefighter / Shorewood resident Bob Michels and his son, Jameson.