• Born and raised in Oakland County, Michigan
  • Graduate, Salesian High School, Detroit, Michigan
  • Attended University of Detroit until drafted
  • Served in the United States Army from 1968-1970:
  • One tour of duty in Vietnam. Recipient Bronze Star
  • Moved to Manistee County and purchased local grocery store in 1978
  • Appointed to the Onekama Village Council in 1978 and served 28 years
  • Village President, 2000-2006
  • Lowered property taxes by 50%; from 10 mills to 5 mills
  • Left primary funds with 1 – 2 years of equity (savings)
  • Reduced resident sewer bills by 33%
  • Paid off initial sewer bonds; 12 years early and 30 years early respectively
  • Established road re-surfacing program
  • Approved for grant to build handicap accessible weir for park boat ramp
  • Extended village sea wall
  • Built new storage building for winter sand storage
    • Projects Accomplished by the Board during Presidency
    • Received $3.68m in USDA Rural Development grants and loans to reline and upgrade sewer lagoons and irrigation discharge. Oversaw entire construction. Secured enough land to accommodate inclusion of Bear Lake/Pleasanton sewer systems
    • Remodeled areas of the meeting hall
    • Laid out and constructed new cemetery
  • Served as Deputy Township Supervisor
  • Served many years as Street Administrator and Sewer Operator
  • Served on Tax Board of Review for many years; often as Chair
  • Served 29 years on the Onekama Village Fire Department. Served 4 years as Chief
  • Charter Member of the Rescue Squad/Medical First Responder
  • Two sons, seven grandchildren
  • Owner, Franz Market, Onekama. Partner, Bear Lake IGA
  • Owner, Onekama Self-storage
  • 5-sport H.S./M.S. official – 12 years
  • On air radio personality: WXYQ 101FM radio – 4 years
  • State of Michigan Special Tribute for service as Village President signed by Sen. Michelle McManus and Rep. David Palsrok
  • 2002 Citizen of the Year, Manistee County Economic Development Council and Chamber Alliance
  • 1989 Charles E. Schoedel Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
  • Lifetime member, VFW
  • Lifetime member, NRA
  • Member, Manistee County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Manistee County Republican Party 1982 – present
  • Pro-life
  • 27 year supporter of Benzie/Manistee County 4-H. Recipient “Outstanding Supporter” Award
  • State licensed Class A lagoon operator