Project Manager Electrical Construction, Thompson
What are you working on now?
Three years ago, I was asked to join the Board of Directors at the Launchpad Children’s Museum. I am currently serving my 2nd year as the Vice President of the Board and am so proud of what this organization has done for the Siouxland Community. From the initial ideas and construction of the museum, I have been connected in some capacity. It has been an honor to help the design team with the founder’s concept of bringing this museum to life, and with my profession at Thompson, the museum has never been too far out of sight. I enjoy being connected to such a great community organization that promotes a fun, safe and educational experience for families to bring their young ones to come have fun and learn at the same time.
What is your vision for the future?
I would love for Launchpad to be a self-sustainable, non-profit organization that stands out in the community. I want it to be a place that kids want to visit over and over again because there are always new and exciting programs and exhibits to experience. I want Launchpad to be known as THE hands-on playground in Siouxland to innovate, experiment and be a fun experience each time it is visited.
What would you like to see happen in Siouxland?
With the help of new programs and exhibits, I would like Launchpad to be one of the prime spots for education and entertainment for local families and visitors alike. I would like Launchpad to get the attention of families traveling through Siouxland and be one of the top attractions for visitors in downtown Sioux City.
What are you doing to make that happen?
At Launchpad, we are in the early stages of refreshing the exhibits as we navigate new safety protocols due to COVID-19. We are structuring and expanding on the long history of agriculture and construction in the community. Examples would be plumbing and wiring a house, digging a hole with an excavator and how corn is grown and put on your own table at home. We believe community history is so important, so we will also be adding pieces about the general history of Siouxland. With the vision and addition of the new exhibits, children are going to be able to experience even more hands-on learning about the Siouxland Community.
How can people help you make that happen?
As Launchpad enters its next cycle of growth, community feedback will be crucial. As an organization, we want to offer not only what we feel the community needs, but also what it wants. We need to work collectively with business leaders and organizations in the Siouxland area to provide support to the museum as we continue to expand and grow and be the best place for adults and children alike to visit and learn new things.
What quote inspires you?
“You never get a second chance to make a first good impression” – Mr. Gaul, 6th grade principle
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)