Chris has 25+ years of professional experience as an accounting professional with an impressive track record in Operational Accounting and Financial Management. He has an internal drive to comprehend new ideas and integrate them into desired results utilizing the latest revisions in technology. He is also a proven leader and decision maker as well as a hands-on trainer and motivator.
The servant leadership style of mentoring and developing quality-driven teams, leading to reduce cost and profitable business results, is something he strongly believes in.
Previous to instructing Chris directed the manufacturing accounting group as the Operational Controller for the eight domestic plants at Daktronics for a six year tenure. Exceptional experience taken from Daktronics include extensive exposure to servant leadership. In addition to leadership, Chris is proficient in Lean (Toyota Way) concepts and principles effectively introducing and executing these techniques in manufacturing and finance with highly favorable results. Some examples of lean accomplishments include: 1) Total inventory reduction of 20%, 2) Budget development of rolling budgeting concept, and 3) lead health care cost reduction program lowering liability by $1 million each year going forward.
Prior to Daktronics Chris led the Sara Lee Bakery group for eighteen years as the Midwest Regional Controller. He was fortunate enough to work under an exceptional mentor for the first ten years. During this time, Chris was exposed to multiple bakeries and experiences that molded his understanding of accounting. Notable accomplishments from Sara Lee include beginning his Lean journey in 2002, receiving the Zone of the Year Award in 2005 for all of the US bakeries, and implementing a procurement card system.
Chris’ interests include photography, reading and camping.
Education: MBA, University of South Dakota; BS, Augustana College