What if the Park District Board listened to what you want in your community, created opportunities for all residents, and used your tax dollars responsibly?

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Tim Cassidy, the current Peoria Park District Board of Trustees President, speaking about his support for my candidacy. Tim has served the Peoria Park District for 32 years, 27 of which as Board of Trustees President
From the editorial section of the March 27th Peoria Journal Star. It’s great to have the support of the current Board President who certainly knows what it takes to be successful.

From the editorial section of the March 27th Peoria Journal Star. It’s great to have the support of the current Board President who certainly knows what it takes to be successful.

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What should you expect from your Park District Board President?

 

Listen, Track, Refine, Grow/Adapt, Repeat

1. Understand what you want by conducting regular discussions

2. Track the financial and usage numbers of programs to see what you are using

3. Continually seek to provide green spaces and programing that reflects the desires of the community. 

4. Change with the times while respecting our community’s history and natural resources

 

What Does Success Look Like?

 
  • A park district that reflects the desires of it’s users

  • Providing programs that serve ALL residents

  • Responsible use of tax dollars that protect our resources

  • Pride in our community, in all parts of our community

  • An engaged and empowered Park District staff

 

  • Increased property values

  • Trust in local government officials

  • Pride of our park system

  • Free or low cost recreational opportunities

 

If nothing changes, what is at stake?

 
  • Continued mismanagement of resources through focus on special interests instead of the interests of the public

  • Programming that benefits the few rather than the public

  • Division that leads to financial ruin and tax payer burdens

  • Higher taxes

 

  • Less desirable community

  • Lower property values

  • Lower quality of life

  • Less healthy community

  • Risk of health problems and higher medical costs

 
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Professional and Personal Skills to Succeed

Management

  • Planning, scheduling, and overseeing residential, commercial, and institutional projects from design to construction completion.

  • Site and office supervision of residential and commercial/institutional projects ranging from $200,000 to $60 million.  

    • Quality control, building client relationships, receiving and finding solutions to unexpected changes, and administrative follow up.  

  • Consult architects, contractors, developers, and local & state officials on compliance with and implementation of local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations related to accessibility compliance including but not limited to the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Chicago Building Code, the Illinois Accessibility Code, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

    • Including; construction site survey, analysis of construction documents, building sites, and legal documents to determine priorities, cost,  risk exposure and reduction efforts, and acquisition due diligence.

    • Consult clients to determine validity of  errors/omissions insurance claims.

  • Coordination and facilitation selling/purchasing/leasing of residential and commercial property while marketing to new and prospective clientele.         

Interpersonal Skills

  • Proven ability to communicate with diverse groups and achieve results despite obstacles.  

  • Make sales calls, positively represent the best interest of the company/client, and negotiate favorable outcomes.  

  • Participate and conduct field and classroom trainings for design and construction professionals.

  • Skilled in documentation, project organization, and teamwork.  

  • High level of customer service.

  • Punctual, dependable, and team focus.

Education

  • Bachelors degree in Architectural Sciences.  

  • Self taught in areas of business, finance, marketing, goal setting, behavioral economics, and time management.  

  • Classroom and field knowledge of construction materials, structural requirements, and various building codes/standards.  

  • Successful experience in budgeting, planning, and other technical requirements. Focus on details and accuracy.

  • Licensed real estate broker in Illinois

  • Continuing education in areas of ethics, negotiation, business, fair housing, license law, and other areas related to the real estate industry.

P R O F E S S I O N A L  E X P E R I E N C E

  • LCM Architects – Multiple Disciplinary Architecture Firm:  Chicago, IL - (June 2002 - December 2007) - Intern Architect and Accessibility Specialist, specializing in ADA and FHA consultation on state and national levels, healthcare, & educational design

  • PSA-Dewberry – Multiple Disciplinary Architecture/Engineering Firm: Peoria, IL - (January 2008 - October 2010) -  Intern Architect and Accessibility Specialist, healthcare and educational design and construction observation

  • JJ Steffen Design & Build Inc.  – Contractor/Builder: Morton, IL - (November 2010 – September 2011) - Estimator/Project Manager, management of residential construction projects from bathroom renovations to new home construction

  • RE/MAX Traders Unlimited (formerly Traders Realty Corporation).  – Real Estate Brokerage: Peoria, IL - (December 2011 – Present) - Independent Contractor/Sole Proprietor: "providing clients with the information, resources, and counsel to make a great decision in the purchase and sale of real estate."  

    • Achievements include:

      • Sold over 2 million dollars in residential property in first year (3X average first year agents)

      • Consistently in the top 20% of agents in the Greater Peoria Area

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C O M M U N I T Y  I N V O L V E M E N T

The 2017 Peoria PlayHouse Be Anything Event

The 2017 Peoria PlayHouse Be Anything Event

The #8 nationally ranked Peoria Wildcats win the IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball title at the Peoria Civic Center.

The #8 nationally ranked Peoria Wildcats win the IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball title at the Peoria Civic Center.

  • Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Citizens with Disabilities

    • Member since 2008,

    • Chair 2010 – 2011,

    • Vice Chair 2012-Present

  • Advocates for Access – Center for Independent Living

    • Board Member 2008 – 2009,

    • Secretary 2009 – 2010,

    • Vice President 2010 - 2013 & 2016-Present,

    • President 2013-2016

  • Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association

    • Peoria Wildcats Wheelchair Basketball Team, Head Coach 2008 – Present

      • 2017-2018 State of Illinois State Champions

      • Ranked #8 in the USA as a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association

  • Member of the Peoria Association of Realtors (PAAR) 2012 - Present

    • 2012 Public Awareness Committee

    • 2015 PAAR Members for Distinguished Community Service

  • Elite Youth Outreach Facilitator Dunlap High School 2016

  • Westwood Neighborhood Association Member 2010 - 2015

  • Columbia Terrace North Neighborhood Association

  • West Bluff Council

    • Representative delegate from the Columbia Terrace North Neighborhood Association 2016 - Present

The Peoria Wildcats huddle up to start a game at the Peoria Civic Center for the IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held during the March Madness Experience.

The Peoria Wildcats huddle up to start a game at the Peoria Civic Center for the IHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held during the March Madness Experience.

In June of 2018, I coordinated and partially underwrote the painting of the planters at University & Columbia Terrace with four local artists.

In June of 2018, I coordinated and partially underwrote the painting of the planters at University & Columbia Terrace with four local artists.