In 2016, Jeff was honored by Governor Walker for his work in Sauk Prairie linking the business community and students on the topics of financial literacy and economic empowerment. “These well-deserving individuals and organizations are equipping Wisconsin citizens with an important life skill. They are truly making a difference in communities across the state,” Governor Walker said. “By improving their financial capabilities, Wisconsin consumers can make more informed decisions about their money, ultimately, helping themselves while strengthening our economy.”
Jeff is committed to strengthening communities by building meaningful partnerships between public and private groups. He leads by bringing people together, by asking important questions, and working tirelessly to get measurable results.
He is active in economic development efforts in Plain, Spring Green, and Sauk Prairie, is president the Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail, serves on the Town of Bear Creek Plan Commission and remains active in other community and civic groups.
The Great Sauk State Trail opened in 2017 after 30 years of dreaming and planning. The trail links the Wisconsin River to Devil's Lake State Park and will one day connect to the "400 Trail" to make it possible to bike on state trail from the Mississippi River to Madison. Jeff was asked to lead the Friends group responsible for bringing people together, partnering with municipal leaders and the DoT and the DNR, and raising the necessary funds to complete construction.