We have probably already met. It may have been when I was jogging around town or now that I am 65 more than likely just walking. Maybe we worked together at the Riverkeeper, the library, Bring Me a Book Franklin, the Apalachicola Area Historical Society or the Historic Home Tour. But for me the most important meeting is face-to-face where you told me the things that concern you the most as I walked the streets and talked with you in your homes in 2015 and 2017.
Your issues are wide ranging and many. You talked about water quality, taxes, sewer bills, jobs, economic development, maintenance of roads and alleys, drug abuse and preserving the community’s uniqueness. Fixing these problems respecting each other and working together.
I spent 34 years working with some of America’s most successful companies. I was a manager at Hyatt Hotels; a supervisor in the oil fields of Wyoming; and spent 24 years with Aviall/Boeing as a senior vice president of operations and business development, solving problems that stood in the way of getting the job done. Along the way, I earned an MBA in finance from Wake Forest.
Carrie and I found Apalachicola after a lengthy search in 1989 and we made it our home because of the rich history and uniqueness of the area and its people. That has not changed, but the challenges we face to preserve our community have become more complex and urgent. I have the energy, tenacity, experience and my history of achieving results to make this wonderful place even better. I would be honored to be elected to Seat 3 and serve with the same temperament and dignity as our outgoing commissioner, Frank Cook.