Why do you do what you do?
I always wanted to be a football coach. My goals were to play football, get my degree and be a high school coach. I went to the University of Akron to play football. A severe knee injury that first year altered my goals. No more football. I did get the degree but never became a high school coach. The closest I came to coaching was my son’s youth football team. A graduate school project started my career in health care management. The values that I believe make a good coach also made me a better manager. Honesty, integrity, caring for the individual but never losing sight of the team needs are all principles that I admired in my coaches and have strived to make part of my management style.
I coach every day. At Pegasus Farm, we have a fabulous team consisting of knowledgeable staff, committed volunteers, fabulous therapy horses and dedicated clients that work hard at consistently being successful.
We are well organized, with a game plan that overcomes adversity and develops winners. At Pegasus Farm, we have a winning tradition that spans 24 consecutive years.
I enjoy leading a team that provides opportunities to individuals that make a difference in their lives and creates a positive experience for their family, friends and community.
Yes, I keep score. My team is ahead; our scoreboard is the positive outcomes of our clients. I love this game. We develop winners and we make a difference.
What is on your bucket list?
There is only one item remaining on my list. I have been married to a wonderful and understanding woman for 41 years. I promised her a long time ago we would travel to Italy to visit family. Each year, we talked about going, but I always had one more work project to implement or problem that had to be solved. Next year is it! This item will be crossed off the list.
What is on your mind?
Now, more than ever, it is time to volunteer. Not-for-profit organizations are always in need of volunteers. It is time to give back to your community. One hour will make a difference.
WHAT: Executive director, Pegasus Farm, therapeutic equestrian center
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, University of Akron; Master of Arts graduate studies, University of Akron
COMMUNITY BOARDS: Lake/Green Rotary Club, Foundation chairman