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American Swiss Foundation Spotlight Report- Adam Andrzejewski

Leader Spotlight!

This week’s Spotlight is on Adam Andrzejewski, Founder of For the Good of Illinois and  openthebooks.com, a data commons of government spending. Adam recently published an opinion editorial in the Wall Street Journal, highlighting the new OpenTheBooks mobile app.

Leader Spotlights showcase the distinguished alumni of the Young Leaders Conference, Members of the Board and Swiss Advisory Council of the Foundation, and other notable leaders in American-Swiss relations. The series provides insights into the qualities of these outstanding individuals and highlights the accomplishments of those who help maintain strong relations between the two “sister republics”.

Adam Andrzejewski (Young Leader 2012)

Founder, For the Good of Illinois  Founder, www.openthebooks.com – data commons of government spending

What can Americans learn from the Swiss? Americans are great marketers, and the Swiss strength is detailed execution of task.  If the Americans can match the Swiss focus, we can continue to push the frontiers.

What can the Swiss learn from the Americans? Because of their hard work ethic, the Swiss have “earned the right” to market and promote with gusto.  I encourage a little adoption of this American boldness.

What defines your leadership style? I drive teams to dominate niche markets within perceived monopolies. Our team is comprised of people with laser focus, persistence, and a hard work ethic.  We over-deliver on all promises.

What qualities do you most admire in a person? Integrity, transparency, confidence and a sense of humor

What are your greatest strengths? Focus, execution, work ethic, presentation skill, marketing

What is your greatest weakness? Focus makes you narrow.  I have to fight to keep expanding my world-view.

Where do you live? Hinsdale, IL in the northern Illinois Chicago suburbs

Where are you from? Herscher, IL in the central Illinois rural farm turf

What is your favorite leisure activity? Spending time with my wife Kerry.  Our favorite movies are romantic comedies. It’s a welcome break from spotlighting taxpayer abuse!

What is your goal in life? To leave a family legacy of faith, integrity and generational stability.  To leave a public policy legacy of bringing transparency, accountability and smart government to my home state of Illinois and across America.


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