Michigan Technological University
Looking to learn from like-minded colleagues, I attended my first NACRO conference in 2012. I took notes, I networked, I learned, and I enjoyed. I also went from quietly sitting in the back row to signing up to serve on the social media sub-committee - at that conference. As co-chair for Marketing over the past two years, we’ve largely transformed the brand of NACRO, added tools to streamline workflow, and brought our visibility to a new level. These efforts came from a branding white-paper I authored a few years ago, and to say it has been cathartic to see the transformation would be an understatement. It represents an organization that is growing up. I’m excited to apply the energy and creativity that runs through me, and through the marketing committee where I’ve spent so much time getting to know NACRO to my new leadership role in the organization.
For the past number of years, Adam has been largely a key liaison between corporations and the University, helping discover, manage, and create sustainable partnerships that support the University's mission and fundraising priorities. As an engineer, entrepreneur, and development professional, he has specifically taken on leadership responsibilities for top-priority funding initiatives with high-value corporations and individuals. In the past number of years, Adam has been successful in a central, yet cross-functional role across the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science, and the Honors College - reporting through to the VP of Student Affairs and Advancement and the VP of Research. It is his belief - and practice - that successful, modern fundraising requires consistent, creative engagement across an institution, and with the individuals, corporations and foundations that have a desire to make an impact. A Michigan native, and based in the middle of Lake Superior, Adam finds a work-life balance through photography, the pursuit of fine coffee, moonlighting as a jazz drummer, and exploring the world with his wife Robyn and their 13 year old daughter, Kora.