20U40 DANIEL TIMM

20 UNDER 40: Daniel Timm

2012-09-27T22:15:00Z 2012-09-29T14:57:04Z 20 UNDER 40: Daniel TimmStory by Rob Earnshaw nwitimes.com
September 27, 2012 10:15 pm  • 

Daniel Timm took a nontraditional route to become chief of staff at the Porter County Assessor’s Office.

The LaPorte native bypassed college immediately after high school for a job in a foundry. He worked his way up to the laboratory as a metallurgist. As more machinery came along, less people were needed. Timm, however, lacked a formal degree that could help him rise in the company. So Timm decided to attend college, taking computer classes at first until, through the advice of others, he decided to pursue a business degree.

“I took a few classes and really got interested,” Timm says.

He went on to graduate from Purdue North Central with a degree in business administration and computer science.

But he wasn’t finished. Timm would go on to earn his MBA at the Purdue University Graduate Center in Valparaiso.

Now he’s pursuing his law degree at Valparaiso University.

“It never hurts to continue learning even if it’s just looking at a new way of thinking about things,” he says.

Timm will be studying law while balancing his work in the assessor’s office, a position he was appointed to by newly-elected Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder in 2011. Prior to his appointment Timm was working as a financial adviser.

“I had never met Jon before I got the job,” Timm says. “We had a mutual acquaintance on his transition team. Once I took the interview I was excited about the job.”

Timm’s role is to handle budgets and operations. It’s his job to make sure everyone is coordinated.

“I love working with the people I work with,” he says. “I love the challenge of thinking outside the box. Most people have a certain idea of the way government is and we kind of want the opposite. I love it when taxpayers come in and they’re like, ‘wow, this is way different than I thought it was going to be.’ It’s a thankless job in some ways but in other ways you just learn to appreciate the positive feedback you do get.”

In the year and a half since he’s been on the job, Timm’s office has become the first Assessor’s Office to offer online appeals.

“When we took there were 7,000 backlogged appeals from 2007 forward,” Timm says. “We managed to whittle that down to about 1,000 now. We found every decision we make so far things only get better and things only get faster and more efficient.”

Timm says he looks at his office as the kind of place you can come in and in a short amount of time make significant change that benefits everyone you meet.

“Every little change we make that saves a little money makes things easier for everyone,” he says. “I’m learning all I can. Assessment is a fairly complicated task. We really do try to be as accessible as possible.”

Timm says he’s always had a strong work ethic and believes it’s what makes one a success.

“Do what you say you’re going to do and then work to get it done,” he says.

Timm, who resides in Valparaiso, is committed to his community and its residents. He is a graduate of the 2008 Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy and is currently a participant in this year’s Leadership Northwest Indiana program.

Timm also serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Porter County Historical Corporation. He volunteers at the Porter County Museum and is an adviser and volunteer for Discoveries Unlimited. Timm served on the committee this year for the inaugural Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County Bright Futures Family Bike Ride and is the treasurer for the District 1 Young Republicans.

“I have a hard time saying no,” Timm says. “I’m super busy but still try to make time for the important things. If you’re going to live here and reap the benefits, you should be part of giving back and trying to get others involved.”

A major influence on Timm has been his uncle, William Back, retired vice chancellor of administration at PNC, who says that after some early struggles, it was Timm’s personal determination to have a better life that pushed him to pursue higher education. That determination continues to motivate him every day.

“Daniel has a passion for all that he pursues, whether in his professional or his personal life,” Back says. “He always gets the job done and done well. He takes great pride in his business and his community.”

Cathie Dull, assistant director of resource development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, says Timm has a strong advocate of education, equality and effective leadership.

“I’ve had the honor to work with Daniel in volunteer efforts over the last four years, efforts which reflect his deep commitment to improving the quality of life for children,” Dull says. “The one consistent thread that runs through everything Daniel does is service to his community.”

Looking back on his decision not to attend college directly after high school, Timm says he would have failed at it had he did.

“I wouldn’t have been ready,” he says. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking some time off and finding out what you want to do.”

Daniel Timm took a nontraditional route to become chief of staff at the Porter County Assessor’s Office.

The LaPorte native bypassed college immediately after high school for a job in a foundry. He worked his way up to the laboratory as a metallurgist. As more machinery came along, less people were needed. Timm, however, lacked a formal degree that could help him rise in the company. So Timm decided to attend college, taking computer classes at first until, through the advice of others, he decided to pursue a business degree.

After getting that and his MBA, he’s pursuing his law degree at Valparaiso University.

Timm will be studying law while balancing his work in the assessor’s office, a position he was appointed to by newly-elected Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder in 2011. Prior to his appointment Timm was working as a financial adviser.

In the year and a half since he’s been on the job, Timm’s office has become the first Assessor’s Office to offer online appeals.

Timm, who resides in Valparaiso, is committed to his community and its residents. He is a graduate of the 2008 Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy and is currently a participant in this year’s Leadership Northwest Indiana program.

Timm also serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Porter County Historical Corporation. He volunteers at the Porter County Museum and is an adviser and volunteer for Discoveries Unlimited. Timm served on the committee this year for the inaugural Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County Bright Futures Family Bike Ride and is the treasurer for the District 1 Young Republicans.

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