Do you have a nickname? Stormin’ Norman
Describe yourself in three words. Innovative, hardworking
In what city did you grow up? Auburn
What book has had the greatest impact on you? Minister Mayor by Bill Hudnut III
What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? Old Yeller
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A physician
What famous person would you most like to meet?
What is your favorite part of your job? Solving problems and helping people
What do you actually do at your job? Oversee all the services the City of Auburn provides
What do you love most about Auburn? The people
What was your first job? Paper boy
What is your greatest accomplishment? I was instrumental in bringing affordable, reliable and expandable broadband to Auburn by means of AES/AE’s fiber to the home utility.
Who is your hero? Jesus
What is your biggest pet peeve? Negativity
Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you? Leonardo DiCaprio
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Entrepreneur Mayor
What would you choose as your last meal? Salad, steak, green beans and pie
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party (living, dead, famous, real or fictional)? George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (A 225 year update on their American experiment in liberty and self-government)
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with that time? Live each day as I currently live
If you won $500 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money? Make northeast Indiana a better place to live.
What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)? My wife, a machete and a satellite phone
If you had a time machine, where and to what time period would you travel? Auburn in the year 2100
What (and when) was the first concert you attended? Fifth Dimension in the late 60s
Who would you like to see perform in concert? Barbra Streisand
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Cruise around the world
If you could listen to only one album for the rest of your life, what would it be? Motown the Musical — great music and great memories
What is something nobody knows about you? I had ACL surgery when I was in college
If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? World peace
Where will you go on your next vacation? Cancun
If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Work hard to be all you can be!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Give your best effort; then let it go.
What is the best gift you have ever been given? Life and great parents
Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My grandfather, Noah Yoder
Vacation spot? Caribbean
Holiday? Why? Christmas for all it stands for
Sports team? Purdue basketball
Band or music group or singer? Temptations
Song? My Girl
Drink? Iced tea
Movie? It’s A Wonderful Life — it’s an inspirational Christmas tradition
Downtown locale? The Gas House
Fort Wayne feature? The Civic Theatre
Fast food restaurant? Steak ‘n Shake
TV show? Last Man Standing
Flavor of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip
Snack? Popcorn and peanuts