Making the switch from a private sector business to a public school system is certainly a change for Mark Rydberg.
But as the new budget and finance director for Moffat County School District he has bigger obstacles to overcome. Those include managing the budget for one of the lowest funded districts in the state and its possible November ballot question for facility improvements. "He's stepping into some of the biggest financial challenges this district has seen, for sure, in recent history," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.
But Bergmann said Rydberg's strengths lend themselves to success.
"He enjoys teaching complex finance issues to the average citizen," Bergmann said. "He will be instrumental in reaching out to the community."
"That's really my main focus, to be a really good resource," Rydberg said.
Rydberg replaces the retiring Mike Brinks, who managed the district's finances since 1994. Rydberg's first day is Jan. 8. Brinks is staying on to train Rydberg through the transition, Bergmann said.
Rydberg comes off a stint with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. -- he began there in 2002 and has worked in the finance department since March 2004.
A native of Waukesha, Wis., Rydberg attended the University of Wisconsin for five semesters before traveling and spending time in Aspen.
Rydberg has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He spent about seven years with OppenheimerFunds, Inc. before working for the U.S. Forest Service in Steamboat Springs and then Ski Corp.
Rydberg, 37, who is unmarried and has no children, said he is excited to continue working in the finance field while living in a small town. He plans to move to Craig to avoid a lengthy commute from Steamboat each day. Rydberg said he enjoys walking and biking to work.
Bergmann said Rydberg's diverse business background landed him the job. It might also be an obstacle for him, though. "His familiarity with Colorado school finance is going to be one of his biggest learning curves," Bergmann said.
Rydberg agreed, saying a switch from private to public is a large one, but one he's ready to tackle. "The mission of this organization is to provide excellent education. In the private industry, their mission is a better bottom line," Rydberg said. "There's more of an altruistic mission here."
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org.