Age: 38

Occupation: Partner, BerganKDV

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don’t worry about things that are outside of your control.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Having the opportunity to become partner in BerganKDV.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
I have four kids.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
Building strong relationships with clients and emphasizing the service aspect is often more important than the technical expertise we provide.

How do you ensure a balance between work and your personal life?
I do not have an office at home or work from home.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
We want to make the older generation proud of our work and show them we can continue the success they have created, while inspiring the generation following us.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
Any cause that educates or cares for our youth.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
It’s too late now, but being a professional athlete would be fun!

What is the biggest issue facing the Corridor?
Retaining talent.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
Take the time to vacation with my family before my kids don’t want to hang out with me anymore.

Who are your local mentors?
Other than the CBJ, LinkedIn Pulse and Harvard Business Review: Dave Richter, assurance partner with BerganKDV, and Amy Thuente, my wife and a consultant with Engage Iowa.