Scott Felgenhauer: Candidate profile
Name: Scott Felgenhauer
Office sought: Village Trustee, Schaumburg
Age (on election day): 44
Family: Carrie, wife, married since 2005. Zoe, daughter, 11. Colton, son, 8.
Occupation: Plaidypus, Inc, Custom Software and Mobile Apps; Director of Business Development
Schaumburg High School
University of Iowa, Bachelors degree
Schaumburg Jaycees; 2004-present, President 2007, Senator #75132, 14 yr Board Member
District 54 Foundation; Board Trustee, 2015-present, '18 and '19 Golf Committee Chairman
Schaumburg Business Association; Board of Directors, 2018-present, Volunteer of the Year 2018
Village of Schaumburg Blood Program; Chairperson, 2018-present
Cub Scout Pack 199; Charter Representative, Scout Leader, 2014-present
Schaumburg Athletic Association; 5 year coach
Previous elected offices held: N/A
Incumbent? If yes, when were you first elected? N/A
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· What are the most important issues facing your community and how do you intend to address them?
I feel that our village has seen great growth since my family moved here in 1980, when I was five. That being said, there is a lack of succession planning being done to include different age groups, as well as, backgrounds, to incorporate a true make-up of representatives of the residents of our great village. In addition, with Schaumburg being the second largest economic hub in Illinois outside of Chicago, additional business retention and expansion efforts need to continue, for the economic value it brings to Schaumburg. Finally, the increasing concerns of neighbors and residents who feel their voice goes unheard, need someone that will go out of their way to make time to listen. I will be that person, on all fronts.
· What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I have a unique perspective as someone that is a product of Schaumburg and still lives here, resulting in being heavily involved in both community, and business. Having a true passion for volunteerism, I am continually looking to identify ways to give back. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have grown up in Schaumburg, and have dedicated myself to providing the same sense of pride in others. Whether it's from being a scout, representing Schaumburg in youth athletics and schooling, many years of leadership training and utilization through the Schaumburg Jaycees, or being involved in my kid's activities, I feel it is my responsibility to be as active in our neighborhoods, as possible. As a Board of Directors member of the Schaumburg Business Association, I am involved weekly in developing our commerce in Schaumburg, both with established businesses through retention, and conversations to bring new industries and organizations to our village. Our commerce in Schaumburg is strong, but it can shine even brighter. I look forward to being a part of that spark.
· Describe your leadership style and explain how you think that will be effective in producing actions and decisions with your village board.
My leadership style is very inclusive. I've always felt that individuals have their own strengths and ideas, and until everything is on the table, a sound decision is difficult to make. One of my strengths is the ability to forge relationships and find common ground with almost anyone. We may not see eye to eye, but we respect each other, and will listen objectively to each other's wishes and concerns, and then work to come up with a solution that is best for the residents of Schaumburg. Furthermore, I will bring a renewed passion, energy and ideas that will enhance our village's goal of progress through thoughtful planning, all while getting the most out of every board member involved.
· How would you describe the condition of your community's budget, and what are the most important specific actions the town should take to assure providing the level of services people want?
I feel that Schaumburg is financially strong, but there is always room for improvement. I, along with the residents, have become accustomed to a specific level of services, and there is a value that comes along with that level. Through detailed data digs, transparency of revenue and spending, and open discussion amongst everyone involved, we will look to see what adjustments can be made, and will act accordingly.
· What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Through my conversations, I have heard time and time again, that the backbone of our village, it's employees, do not always feel supported. Relative to other villages, our employees do not make high wages, but they have such long tenure due to their dedication and loyalty to make Schaumburg the great village it is. I want to be able to address the support issue, but also greatly improve on the recognition of all departments that allow for the village to run smoothly, that sometimes I feel residents take for granted. It's not taken for granted intentionally, but often times it goes unnoticed, because it's done right.