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- GIS Specialist
Grand Valley Power, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Co-op employee since August 2020
- Age: 30
- Birthplace: Columbus, Nebraska
Hobby: Anything outdoors. My wife, Halie, and I enjoy skiing, climbing fishing, camping and traveling.
Have you always been outdoorsy? Most of my childhood was spent riding ATVs, camping, fishing and playing club soccer.
Most recent adventure? I proposed to my wife on the top of Mount Shavano in Colorado.
How did you hear about the job at Grand Valley Power? Through NRECA’s careers page.
What were you doing before you joined the co-op? I was a GIS and LiDAR technician in Denver completing projects for airports across the country. In 2017, I was a GIS technician at Nebraska Public Power District. It’s there I learned about electric utilities and how they operate.
What do you like most about working at the co-op? I love the rural co-op business model. I feel that I can make a positive impact both in the short term and long term. The daily tasks, my coworkers, the community, and the members make me excited to come into work every day.
Education: Bachelor’s in Air Transport Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute; master’s in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver
Some random facts about you: Despite my shorter height of 5’7”, I worked as a bouncer at the age of 22 when I had braces. One of my life goals is to make it all 21 days on Naked and Afraid [Discovery channel series]. I still drive my high school vehicle, a 1997 GMC Jimmy.