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Life, liberty and lessons learned.

Citizen Legislator

(Part Six) –  Making the pie bigger…

I’ve done the usual things – civic clubs, groups, Elder, Deacon, various committees and initiatives, building, personnel and fund drives.  I’ve sang with the Birder Chorale at St. Norbert’s, and I even on stage with Pat Boone, Josh Grobin, Ray Charles and for the Congressional Medal of Honor convention.  But I seem to always gravitate toward and function best in finance and economic redevelopment.

I’ve served on the executive boards and subcommittees of three Wisconsin Main Street boards and been active with Downtown Green Bay, Inc.  For years we hosted several of those monthly meetings in the MFG conference room.

Serving with Jeff Mirkes and under the leadership of Mayor Schmitt has been a privilege.  We are now seeing the vision of utilizing Green Bay’s water front – 120 events being held downtown this summer, a $5 million structure being redeveloped into a $50 million asset, people, businesses, jobs, residences, new revenue flowing into downtown Green Bay, but most importantly the pride and profound future of the area.  In the whole of Green Bay, the pie is getting bigger.

You only run for public office for two reasons – to be somebody or to do something.  I wasn’t looking for a career change and I sure wasn’t interested in feeding my ego.  I do, however, believe I can do something!

This republic is a delicate experiment, in the end I came to believe that my strong belief in stewardship needed to transcend into my citizenry.

Starting From Scratch
Part One
My parents instilled, in me, a sense of self-reliance and hard work. We grew up – 2 parents and 6 children – living in a 1,200 square foot house, three bedrooms and one bathroom.  I lived in that house my entire life until I got married. Read >
If It’s Worth Doing…
Part Two
My dad had a little hardware store in De Pere in the 60’s and mid-70’s.  The recession of 1974 did him in.  The bank called his loan due, he sold off everything, including his extra car and his cottage. Read >
Finishing Strong
Part Three
I met Suzan Noel at age 13 when her family moved in a block away from us.  We would eventually get married one week after my 20th birthday. Read >
We Did Build That
Part Four
In April 1994, after 18 years and 6 locations, I resigned as President of Macco’s Floor Covering Centers, sold my interest in the company and exited the retail floor covering business. Read >
Peaks & Valleys
Part Five
“Sue’s tests were not good today – I claim Jesus’ name over her health.  I cannot lose her – she has been there for 35 years as a friend and partner – Lord give me strength to be there for her.  Thank you, John.”  Read >
Citizen Legislator
Part Six
This past spring, we were discussing how to make the pie bigger throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.  We began talking about the importance of quality leadership representing our region in Madison.  Read >
10,000 Hours
Part Seven
The state of Wisconsin is a massive organization. Our total Gross Domestic Production, the number of all goods and services produced, is the size of the entire country of Singapore! Read >

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