Chief Financial Officer
Although a successful wrestler though high school and college, Nick’s secret athletic ambition was to star on the gridiron. Indeed, his childhood dream was to play in the National Football League. However, the numbers he so expertly manages today worked against him then. “I stopped growing at 5 feet 6 inches,” he explains, “so I decided to take up accounting.” Or, better put, he picked up the ball and ran with it in a field better suited to his talents. In a career spanning over three decades, he led finance and information technology teams at five leading firms before joining Apollo MFG in 2014.
A passion for continuous improvement and problem solving for profitability marks his professional life, balanced by a devotion to his family and community service in his personal life. He would rather spend a weekend playing outdoors with his grandson Dominic – “quite possibly the cutest child in the Midwest” – than watch football or hockey, which he also enjoys. Proud of his family, Nick says his wife is “the best second grade teacher in the midwest” while his children are building successful careers. His oldest daughter is a marketing professional, his son is a glass artist pursuing a fine arts degree, and his youngest daughter shows great promise as a photographer and film maker.
Holder of a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University, Nick serves on the board of directors of one nonprofit organization and the finance committees of four others. He supports the Brighton Center in Newport, Kentucky, which helps provide food, shelter, housing, childcare, job training and addiction recovery to more than 80,000 women. He feels the product that best combines design and functionality is “the original iPad®,” which wedded “sleek, attractive design” with “disruptive technology.”