Who am I?

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I grew up in a small town in South Dakota...

in many ways similar to Tillamook, except the winters were much colder, and the summers were much hotter. 

After graduating in the top 10% of my class, I won a scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I spent my junior year abroad in Vienna, Austria, and graduated in 1990, just as the Cold War had come to an end. 

CIPRA/AIT, a Peace Corps-backed program, sent me to be one of their first two volunteers based in Budapest, Hungary. I stayed with that program for three years, before finding work in the waste management industry.  I speak English, German and Hungarian fluently, as well as a little Russian and Ukrainian. 

 

My wife and I have been married for twenty-three years. Our daughter is a senior at the U of O, majoring in dance.

 
 

My Experience

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I worked in managerial positions in a couple waste management and recycling companies before venturing off on my own, where I worked as a consultant. I had my office in a specialty coffee and tea shop, and eventually partnered with some others on some innovative business ventures. I spent most of my time in Hungary and the Ukraine, but different jobs gave me the opportunity to work in several Central and Eastern European countries. One of my proudest memories is from when my partners and I started the first curbside recycling program in Budapest, a city of 1.8 million people. We started with just 71 apartment buildings, but the program today is operating throughout the city. 

In 2012, following a takeover of our activities by a new government trying to eliminate foreign involvement from certain strategic activities, I moved to Tillamook, where I was hired as the County’s Solid Waste Program Manager. 

 

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Tillamook County

Solid Waste Program Manager

Since 2012 I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people and seeing real changes take place. The list of our accomplishments is long, but a few stand out:

  • Increased recycling opportunities

  • Yard debris composting

  • Asphalt shingle recycling

  • Latex paint recycling program

  • Styrofoam densifier

  • Community recycling trailer

  • Recycling receptacles at Manzanita and Cape Kiwanda

  • America Recycles Day activities

  • Tillamook Farmers Market

  • Ensuring just rates between users of different transfer stations, as well as standardized reporting to ensure equity among franchised partners

As your commissioner, I will work to expand these activities, and spread them with equity throughout the county.

Additionally, I will work to ensure that the developments we undertake with public funds are well thought through, and plan for the long term.

 


 

Recognition

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  • B.Sc. from Georgetown University in Language and Linguistics

  • M.Sc. (with Honors) in Environmental Policy & Management from American Public University

  • Recycler of the Year award (Association of Oregon Recyclers)

  • Agent of Change award (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association)

  • 2 Golden Bung awards (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association)

  • Recognition from the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary

  • Senior Advisory Board Member (Junior Achievement Magyarország)