As an Army brat, my family moved from one end of America to the other with stops in Germany and France in between. It was a great experience but you do miss a sense of permanency. It wasn’t until we moved to Orange County that I finally found my home. The community support and the education I received from public schools -- including Boone High School -- led me down the path to a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees.
While higher education certainly prepared me for many challenges, my time with a local construction company taught me a lifelong lesson. Through part of high school and throughout college I worked for Brant Brothers Inc. who were in the insulation/acoustical tile business. This company was extraordinarily good to me, helped me through college, but most importantly taught me the importance of a hard day’s work and the feeling of accomplishment of a job well done for a boss you respected. These basic tenants have followed me throughout my careers with the State of Florida, Orange County and Community Health Centers Inc. These values will continue to anchor my commitment to my bosses -- the citizens of Orange County -- to whom I continue to do my very best every day.
In most of my adult life, I’ve lived in East Orange County, including Azalea Park, Belle Isle, Quail Trail and Conway. My wife, Cathie (also a Boone Brave) and I now live in the Conway area with one remaining young man preparing to leave the nest and a menagerie of rescued pets.
Cathie and I attend Orange Avenue’s Discovery Church and sometimes afterwards we head to the beach, go to a local restaurant for breakfast with friends or simply ride through beautiful Orange County. When there is a good one playing, we like to take in a comic book hero movie. Cathie also is a big fan of my rock band, The Low Bid Band and comes to see us when we play around town.
During my last campaign, someone asked me why I wanted to be an Orange County Commissioner. My response is the same now as it was 4 years ago: “I want to do everything possible to create and maintain the highest quality of life for my community and county. This is a small way for me to repay the wonderful gift of being an Orange County resident these past forty plus years.”
If you believe in good, accountable government, I’m your candidate. If you are a citizen that believes in clean water, keeping the environment healthy for the next generation, smart growth, fiscal conservatism and government in the sunshine, I’m your guy. As always, if you ever have a question about my campaign or about what I believe, please send me a note to my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise you’ll hear right back.
Graduated from Boone High School
Received AS from Seminole Junior College
Received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida
Received my Masters of Science Degree in Education/Public Health from Florida State University
Received my Masters of Science Degree in Management from Rollins College, Crummer School of Business
Completed the USAF course in Hospital Administration/Health Services Management at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Fall Texas
Completed numerous Emergency Management courses at FEMA’s training facilities in Emmetsburg and Mount Weather
NIMS (National Incident Management System) certified
Community Involvement-Partial List
Health Council of East Central Florida
Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board
United Way 211 Advisory Board
Health Care Center for the Homeless Advisory board
Delta Council Senior Resource Alliance
Health Alliance (Past Chair and co-founder)
Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) (Created)
Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)
Lake Eola Charter School Board (Past Chair)
Low Income Pool Council (State Appointment)
Florida Public Health Association (Past President; state-wide association)
Drowning Prevention Task Force (Past Chair)
Central Orlando Kiwanis (Past President)
Hope Now International (Past Chair and Co-Founder)
AIDS Resource Alliance (Past Chair/Founding Member)
Current Community Involvement
Transportation Disadvantaged Council (Chairman)
Central Florida Water Collaborative (Secretary)
Community Action Board (Chair)
Citizens’ Commission for Children Advisory Board
Central Receiving Center/Children’s Mental Health BOD (Chair)
Kiwanis Club of Central Orlando (Past President)
Co-Chair Urban Caucus, Florida Association of Counties
RDSTF-5 Trauma Advisory Board Member