Tim Draeger has spent a lifetime helping others meet their needs and achieve their dreams. Now, with his daughters grown and our region in need of someone who will unite and not divide, he is putting his energy into helping the residents of Genesee County meet their needs and achieve their dreams, too.
Tim and his wife of 28 years, Rachel, have lived in Fenton Township since 2000. Both graduated from Michigan State University, where they met as members of the Spartan Marching Band in 1984. Rachel, a middle school teacher, also has an additional Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Their three daughters, Melody, Libby, and Katherine, each attended St. John School, Lake Fenton High School, Mott Community College, and Michigan State University. Tim realized a life-long dream by earning his private pilot's license in 2004, and he saved for many years to buy his first airplane, which is the plane he first flew and now owns. The family values education, hard work, and giving of themselves regularly.
The entire Draeger family realizes that it is imperative that they share the good fortune they have. They live by the saying “you will get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” As members of the St. John Parish community, Tim & Rachel served nearly a decade on the Applefest Organizing Committee, including General Chaircouple for three years. Tim also served on the St. John Finance Committee, including Vice-Chair. Tim is very active in sports and music education, having coached girl’s softball in Fenton Little League, Lake Fenton Little League, and at Lake Fenton High School, and supported the Lake Fenton Bands with his time and energy. He works fundraising and is a volunteer pilot for Wings of Mercy East Michigan, donating his time and his airplane to fly more than 46 missions helping local residents who are less fortunate that need medical care at distant medical facilities. In 2013, he was a finalist nominee for the Resource Genesee SYBYL Award for his work with Wings of Mercy. Over the years, he has had multiple matches in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, volunteered for the Michigan Special Olympics Area 8 and statewide games, hosted exchange students from Japan and Germany, and helped start the annual Wings & Wheels fundraising event at Linden’s Price’s Airport where he regularly gives airplane rides to young people that have an interest in aviation. He remains active in a variety of charities, and participates in many human service activities including Genesee County CARD’s Meals on Wheels program, performing with the Mott Campus Clowns Alumni, and serving as the local group lead and communications lead for the Genesee County Area chapter of Mom’s Demand Action. He is also a certified speaker with the BeSMART for Kids program and makes presentations to local groups designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent unintentional child gun deaths and injuries.
In business, Tim has a proven track record built over 35 years. After obtaining a degree in Packaging Engineering from MSU, he sold packaging for US Can Company, and quickly became the company’s #1 salesperson. Next, he joined the National Corn Growers Association where he was the group’s Biodegradable Plastics Program leader and traveled the nation speaking to state legislatures, the US Congress, state and federal agencies, foreign business groups, and media about the benefits of corn-based biodegradable plastic materials. He was the Executive Director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association where he worked hard with the state’s corn farmers to pass the Michigan Corn Checkoff and create the Michigan Corn Promotion Board. For the next 25 years, he worked in the human capital management industry, where he became a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a globally-recognized workforce management specialist, supporting large national and multi-national businesses around the world. He has conducted business and delivered presentations on four continents, in 12 countries, and in 48 states. He is currently an Enterprise Solutions Advisor with Ceridian HCM, a leading global human capital management software and service provider with headquarters in Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, ON.
All of this experience makes Tim a uniquely qualified individual to understand the needs of our area’s seniors, to appreciate what strong leadership means for local issues, to deliver real value to economic decisions and the selection of business service providers for the county, to listen and truly understand the effects of systemic racism and inequality and the affect it has on our citizens, especially people of color, and to realize that our county needs to provide high quality services to all its residents – human and animal – to make this area one that people seek out to raise a family and build their business.
It’s been said that “travel is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer.” Tim & Rachel have seen the world, have experienced much of what it has to offer, and have learned from each culture they encountered. As a virtual home-based executive, Tim could live anywhere, but he chooses to live in Genesee County and in Fenton Township due to the richness of the area’s many benefits and it’s close proximity to so much that Michigan has to offer. Now, he wants the chance to build on this; not just “look for savings,” but to find benefits, build up the county, and make it’s many assets better and available to more people, growing our area in the process, and making all of Genesee County a destination of choice for residents, students, and businesses.
IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR TIM