Moving from New York to Iowa in 1983 with wife Vicki, Ed’s professional career began with a sales position with Russ Berrie and Co. and later with Danaher Oil Company in Fairfield as a broker.
In 1994, Ed became partner and president of Danaher and over the next 10 years doubled the company’s output, anchoring it as a leading fuel brokerage specializing in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
In 1989, he founded the Fairfield Entrepreneurs’ Association to mentor the growth of emerging local companies to connect them with resources for reaching greater markets.
In 1991, Ed was elected to the Fairfield City Council as Member-At-Large and reelected in 1995.
More political involvement soon followed.
1999: At the appointment of Governor Tom Vilsack, Ed served on the statewide Iowa 2010 Strategic Planning Commission, co-chairing the natural resources subcommittee and contributing to the seven major statewide goals of the plan.
2000: With other members of the commission, went on to form Iowans for a Better Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the Iowa 2010 Goals.
2001: Ed is elected Fairfield Mayor and is now serving his ninth term.
Ed’s approach to consensus and coalition building in the city has brought forward numerous quality-of-life projects and initiatives that have garnered both state and national attention.