Ten years ago I became APAC’s executive director. It's been an exciting, eventful, and rewarding as well as frustrating and challenging time both personally and professionally.
During the first five years, I led APAC through a quadrupling of its budget that meant growing to eight full-time staff and opening satellite offices in Moorhead and Winona. It also included passing the MN Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund and organizing the effort to transform the National Manufactured Home Owners Association from a "paper corporation" into a truly national association with its own staff.
Unfortunately, next came the recession. I spent a couple of years leading the organization through downsizing and reorganization, but, fortunately, also through a MnDOT manufactured housing working group process that produced new practices to reduce the impact of road projects on manufactured home parks.
A great part of the last ten years is how my personal life has changed and it all began with meeting my better half, Amanda Napp. We met December 31, 2005. Since then, we got engaged, bought a house, and had our daughter Zara. With her constant encouragement, I got my Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and started the University of St. Thomas’ Doctorate of Leadership program.
There have been challenges over the last ten years at APAC, but the experience has been rewarding and has opened up many great opportunities. It has been a great period in my life and I owe so much of that to the amazing, undeserved good fortunate that I experienced in meeting Amanda.
Thanks to everyone for supporting me in my last ten years with APAC and a special thanks to Amanda for all the best parts!