During his professional career he served in hospital administration positions in several regions of the country. While in North Dakota he served as Assistant-to-the-President within the Altru Health System. His main responsibilities were corporate strategic long-range planning and short-range operational planning in all hospital departments. His next position was in South Dakota where he served as Vice-President of Human Resources for the Avera Healthcare System. He also taught courses in the undergraduate school of business at the University of North Dakota and University of South Dakota. This was followed by hospital consulting for healthcare systems in California and Texas. His major emphasis in consulting was physician relations, physician satisfaction, employee satisfaction and patient satisfaction.
His academic preparation includes a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree from The Krannert Graduate School of Management (Purdue University). His course concentration in graduate school was human resource management and health care delivery systems.