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
Less desirable community
Lower property values
Lower quality of life
Less healthy community
Risk of health problems and higher medical costs
Professional and Personal Skills to Succeed
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.
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.
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."
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
C O M M U N I T Y I N V O L V E M E N T
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,
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