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Professional Experience:
Assistant store manager for Butera Foods. Sales representative and estimator for Midwest Glass Co. Currently doing route sales for Entenmann’s Bakery.

Personal Information:
I have been married to Diane for over 20 years. We have two boys: Scott, who goes to DePaul; and Kevin, who lives with his mother. We moved to Northlake in 1994. I belong to the Knights of Columbus, coach for Leyden Bears and am president of Northlake Baseball. I was also on the Veterans Park District Board for 3 years as a commissioner.

Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to run for office?
When I was elected to the Park District Board, I thought that it would be a benefit to Northlake Baseball and all of the youth sports and activity programs. I met so many wonderful, dedicated people when I was a commissioner. I learned about budgets and grant money and long term goals. That was a great experience in cooperation and planning. When I was called about filling a vacated spot on the City Council, I thought it would be a good opportunity to give back to the City. I feel very lucky to have been chosen to be on the Council.

What are your reflections on your time in office?
Meeting so many fine people that have the best interests of all the people of Northlake at heart. Financial responsibility is job number one. They don’t waste money on frivolous things or trends. They always look at future benefits and the common good. This job is challenging and it can be rewarding when things change for the better.

Times are tough and people are running out of options. I feel that Northlake is in a prime location to usher in an economic recovery and the jobs that come with it.

What is your philosophy as an elected official?
What is your philosophy as an elected official? Listen to people. Everyone has opinions and concerns. Pay attention to people’s complaints, help if you can, explain why things are done a certain way. Be fair to all concerned parties. Hold no grudges and move on.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved in politics or local government, etc.?
Volunteer first. Become a part of the community. Talk to the people in charge about any new ideas. Make a difference. Put others before yourself. Take pride in the work that you do for any organization.