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Chief Executive Officer
Hays Experience: Founded Hays in 1994
Role: Provide overall leadership. Find and develop great people. See as many customers as possible.
Certifications: Bachelor’s degree and MBA in finance, University of Minnesota
Did You Know: If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be Neil Armstrong.
Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer
Hays Experience: Founding Partner
Role: Senior leader and advisor. Manage all phases of new business. Oversee special client projects.
Certifications: Bachelor’s degree in history and architecture, University of Minnesota
Did You Know: Some of my life lessons: Life is a journey. My glass is half full. Accept yourself as you are.
President, Employee Benefits Group
Hays Experience: Started in 1995. Held various positions within Employee Benefits Group.
Role: Lead Employee Benefits Group, selling, recruiting and motivating practice leaders.
Certifications: Bachelor of science degree in accounting, University of Eau Claire, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Did You Know: Some of my favorite reads are Kill Shot by Vince Flynn, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and Isaac Asimov novels.
Chief Financial Officer
Hays Experience: Founding Partner
Role: Lead company financial, legal, human resource and administrative functions. Hays Board of Directors Member and Secretary.
Certifications: Bachelor of science degree in finance, economics and accounting, St. Cloud State University. Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Did You Know: I enjoy music ranging from Beethoven to The Beatles to Bon Jovi.
President, Property Casualty Group
Hays Experience: Started in 1996. Held various positions within company.
Role: Oversight of Property Casualty Group. Team Problem Solver. Connect clients to the right Hays products and services. Recruit and retain talent.
Certifications: College of Saint Benedict, University of Minnesota, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
Did You Know: If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be Margaret Thatcher.
National Director of Business Development
Hays Experience: Joined in 1998, various sales positions
Role: New client development and retention/growth. Development and retention of talent. Strengthen relationships between customers and sales professionals in Hays field offices across country.
Certifications: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, University of Minnesota, Associate of Risk Management (ARM)
Did You Know: The person who inspires me most is Abraham Lincoln because he never quit, even in the face of significant challenges.
Executive Vice President, Private Client Division
Hays Experience: Leader of Private Client Division since joining in 2000
Role: Oversight of Private Client Division with focus on managing and selling personal insurance for private clients.
Certifications: Insurance courses
Did You Know: Items on my “bucket list” include: Super Bowl with the Minnesota Vikings, hot air balloon ride, visit every presidential library, take piano lessons.