Q: What is your role at Petra? Describe what you do day-to-day.
A: I have two primary roles with Petra. My first role is that I am involved in business development for the new Dallas office that has opened this year, which is both challenging and exciting. My second role is that I am a Project Manager for the Covenant Health project currently happening in Plainview, Texas. The Covenant Plainview project is a major renovation of a rural hospital that was built in the 1960s. The hospital is getting a major facelift to bring it up to modern standards to better serve the surrounding community.
Q: How long have you been with Petra and why did you choose this profession?
A: How I got into this profession is that after I finished my MBA at the University of Wisconsin, I was looking for a career and I stumbled into healthcare real estate. Now, I’ve been at it ever since 1987. Throughout my career, I’ve spent time in Wisconsin where I first started out, Florida where I opened an office for Hammes Company and Texas where I started a healthcare office for Duke Realty and now with Petra. I love this industry and find it intriguing because of the unique combination of the real estate and healthcare industries.
I started with Petra in June 2019, so I’m fairly new. I had worked with Craig Beam in the past. We kept in touch and then I met the team. I was impressed with everyone, Petra’s philosophy and the projects they do.
Q: What are 3 words to describe your team?
A: Talented. Focused. Effective.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: My contribution to improve the delivery of healthcare in our communities. It’s an important aspect in everyone’s life, and it’s evolving and changing drastically every day. Having access to good healthcare is critical when people are sick; there is nothing more important than taking care of people.
Q: What has been your proudest moment working at Petra or in your career?
A: At Petra, I am proud of the success we’ve seen at Covenant Plainview and once it’s done it will become a desirable healthcare destination for the community and increase their quality of care.
Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: Trying to make hospitals a better place for the community. And on the business development side, building a name for Petra in the southern United States.
Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A: I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and I went to the University of Wisconsin, I’m an avid Badger and Packers fan. I also have 2 high school age daughters that I’m very proud of. In addition, I participate as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Q: How do you define success?
A: In business, I define success as customer satisfaction. For example, on the project I’m managing, if our team does a good job, patients will be happy, hospital administration will be happy, and we’ll have a healthier community. Customer satisfaction also leads to more projects and growth.