My favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities is… Acqua; it has fabulous food, ambiance, and service. I have eaten at a lot of restaurants around the world and Acqua provides the best overall experience I have had, and as an added bonus, they happen to be located in my hometown!
Can’t live without? Chocolate. I’ve tried to live without it many times and I just can’t. The best chocolate I’ve had is from “Just Truffles” on Grand Ave. in St. Paul and it is Oprah Winfrey’s favorite too.
Favorite sports team? The Minnesota Wild, of course! I was their controller just before buying Hollstadt, so I may be a little biased, but they are a great organization that has invested in their team and really cares about their fans!
What did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor. I’ve always loved math and science so I thought this was the direction I would go, but then I discovered accounting and discovered my true calling.
Favorite quote? “If you’re not uncomfortable, then you aren’t growing.” I’m not sure who originally said it, but I have found this to be profoundly true in my career. I get a lot of satisfaction from pushing myself into areas I’m not good at to expand my knowledge and abilities.
What/who motivates you? My employees who work hard every day to achieve company success. I can’t expect them to give 100% if I’m not willing to do the same.
Best part about working for Hollstadt? We get to help people grow and prosper in their careers.
Favorite holiday? Christmas because I get to spend time with family and friends and reflect on everything I have to be thankful for.