I have my MBA from Kelley School of Business. I have worked in several billion dollar companies where I was trained as a professional manager. I managed multi-million dollar budgets and large amounts of staff. I also have owned my own small company, for the past eight years, where I have practiced entrepreneurship.
I am no stranger to the business community and the value of hard work. While living with my grandparents in my early 20's, I worked in my grandfather's manufacturers representative business, selling furniture to hotels and restaurants.
One day, a hotel had called to complain that several chairs in their order were breaking. My grandfather and I went to take a look and found that the glue holding the chairs together was defective.
We called the manufacturer, but the company wouldn’t take responsibility for the defective glue. But my grandfather did take responsibility and personally paid for all the chairs to be replaced … He never told the hotel that he did that.
He wanted to make sure his customer was happy and got the services they deserved. For him, that extra mile was just part of the job.
For my grandfather it was about honor and compassion, not just profit, recognition, and getting credit.
These values will always be sacred to me, and I will bring them to the office of Lehigh County Controller.
HONOR & COMPASSION
You don’t hear those words a lot today, so, sadly, we cannot assume that everyone has honor and compassion. We have to check and re-check to make sure our tax money is being used wisely and our people are being served the way they expect and deserve.
I didn't grow up thinking about government.
Government was always in the background of my life. In many of my jobs I had to work with government. For example, in my current business, we sell medical devices, therefore we have to maintain quality systems that conform to FDA standards. In my business life, the government was always painful to work with, but I always trusted government to do the right thing (or at least do more right things than wrong things).
But that has changed.
Given the honor that surrounded me with my family and the deepening sense of it I acquired while serving my country, I have been disturbed by what is happening lately in my county, my state, and my country.
Feeling I could no longer sit on the sidelines, in 2017, I became the first Democrat in more than two decades to be elected as South Whitehall Township Commissioner. I won, not because of money, but through knocking on doors and talking to the community. During the campaigning process I realized many of the issues Pennsylvanians want to solved can be worked on at a local level.
In 2018, I went on to run for the position of State Senator in Lehigh County’s 16th District. It was a tough, narrow loss that only increased my appetite to make a difference in the lives of the citizens of my county and state.
During the race I continued to meet people who call our region home and realized that there was a deep heartfelt desire for real change.
With the citizens of Lehigh County in mind, I’ve decided to seek election to the position of County Controller. I am aiming to bring a mindset focused on progress and reform in addition to accountability to a crucial and often-overlooked position in local government.
I am running to serve the people not the powerful.
I am running because I continue to believe that we need new voices in our government.
I am a new voice, with new ideas and different ways of thinking.
I am not corrupted by dark money.
I am willing to stick up for the working men and women that are our neighbors, family, and friends.