Trihydro is proof of how teamwork and placing talented people in the right positions and providing them with the proper tools, direction, and motivation can make amazing things happen.
I remember the conversation clearly. I was a senior in high school and had recently been accepted to South Dakota State University. I was driving home from school with my father when he asked me the dreaded question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I was always fairly good at math, so it seemed logical to me to pursue a mathematics or education degree. Being a teacher and assistant principal himself, my dad suggested a different future for me. He recommended I take some engineering courses. He believed that an engineering foundation would open doors to numerous opportunities, whether I followed an engineering career or not. I took his advice and started out taking some engineering courses. Sure enough, I decided to stick with it, eventually receiving a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on water and wastewater engineering…this was before there was such a thing as environmental engineering.
When I joined Trihydro in the late 1980s, I was the company’s 12th employee. I started out working as a civil/environmental engineer on a groundwater remediation project at a sugar beet refinery. Since then, I have had the privilege of serving in a variety of roles, including Chairman of the Board, Vice President of Engineering, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and since 2004, President and CEO.
Through a strong management team and excellent employees, I have had the honor of seeing Trihydro diversify and grow to a company of over 400 employees. Watching people grow and Trihydro continue as a successful company has been the highlight of my career. Trihydro is proof of how teamwork and placing talented people in the right positions and providing them with the proper tools, direction, and motivation can make amazing things happen.
Outside of work, I like to spend my time with my wife, Marge, and our two grown daughters, Jill and Megan, whenever possible. Most of the time you will find us enjoying the outdoors, riding horses, fishing, hunting, and working on our cabin near Woods Landing, Wyoming.