I am a proud dad of 4 girls (Liliana, Kyana, Alana and Caliana) with my super supportive wife Sarah, who has helped me reach my goals at Rapids. Outside of work I enjoy lifting weights, cruising on my One-wheel, running with my dog Rick, and watching my girls play on their FC United Soccer teams. I am also a bit of a foodie; I love getting to experience new foods. This has been one of my favorite parts about traveling for work, getting the chance to be in a different part of the country and trying what the locals get at restaurants.
I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead Rapids Reproductions.
I started my journey in the printing industry in 2000 as the accounting clerk for Technigraphics while obtaining my BBA with a major in accounting from the University of Iowa. I eventually moved into the administrative assistant position, project management, human resources and eventually general manager. When Rapids Reproductions acquired Technigraphics, I took over as the branch manager for the Iowa City location. I really loved the challenge this new position brought and thoroughly enjoyed the relationships I built with clients over the years. In the beginning of 2020 I began my transition into the controller position. It was a roundabout journey to get to this position, but I would not trade it for anything. My ability to know every facet of the business is a tremendous advantage for my current position. It also helps that I still get to see and talk with clients now and then and I am available to the staff for any help they may need with day to day operations.
Outside of work, I enjoy catching a baseball game when I can, whether it is the Cedar Rapids Kernels or the Chicago Cubs, attending performances at Theatre Cedar Rapids, playing Bingo and spending time with friends and family.
I credit/blame my father for starting my career at Technigraphics and eventually Rapids Reproductions. As an Architect in Dubuque, he would often trick my brother and me into running blueprints for his firm on Saturday mornings. Who knew that that initial exposure to ammonia would lead to a nearly 40 year career in the printing industry? I’ve worked almost every position available through the years and met a lot of amazing customers and co-workers. I’m currently the production manager at Rapids. It’s the people side of the business that keeps me motivated every day. I’ve seen many changes in the printing processes and the joy is in sharing our expertise with our clients to fulfill their visions. We know if they succeed, we succeed.
In my spare time I enjoy fishing, gardening and spending time with family. Typically we would be entertaining guests and enjoying a cold drink on the porch of our Victorian home in Mount Vernon.
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