Ty's connection to Vancouver runs deep. A metro area native, his first job out of college was for East Vancouver entrepreneurial success, Larsen Electronics. Years earlier his family dined at the Thunderbird in at the Quay and The Holland House for special meals and a class field trip to Fort Vancouver is one of his fondest childhood memories.
That connection drives his passion for the city and his vision for sustainable economic development and vibrant neighborhoods. He is more than a wild eyed dreamer, he is an experienced business leader.
In addition to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, he lead a 50-person national sales force, had ultimate responsibility for a $15 million business unit, and has pulled money out of his savings to make payroll. He has worked for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers and for start-ups and publicly traded companies. This broad background brings understanding of the challenges Vancouver faces in growing and attracting employers.
He has a heart for people fighting to stake out a place in this world and for a better future. That is why he serves on the Board of Daybreak Youth Services, a program that helps youth fight drug and alcohol addiction and the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation.
Ty builds relationships. He has strong connections around the metro, around the state, and around the country, friendships he will leverage for the City's benefit.