It has been a long and eventful road to Sullivan’s Island. I was raised with two sisters near Ft. Lauderdale, a beach town that in those days was much like Sullivan’s Island. Although I lived many miles from the shore, the beach became my refuge.
In 1967, many of us received welcome letters to be drafted into the armed forces. My choice was to join so that I could fly helicopters. My almost four year stint included time in training, overseas in Germany and finally in Vietnam. After my time in service I got married, received my BS in from Embry Riddle University and my MBA from the University of Florida.
Cheryl and I raised our children near Atlanta where we spent much of our family time sailing in a local club. Our son and daughter and families now live in Mount Pleasant. My anchor is set in this community!
Now, as a part of the Charleston community we became involved with our church, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian. I am currently a resting elder and member of the steering committee for the I-Beam mentoring program. I have also volunteered for the USS Yorktown, Medal of Honor convention, Historic Charleston Foundation, Water Missions International, mission to Cuba, mission to Katrina, and Habitat for Humanity. I am in my second term and current chairman of the Sullivan’s Island Planning Commission.
Over the course of my career I spent most of my time in project management, first with Bell Helicopter on the XV 15 Tilt Rotor that became the V22 Osprey. I evolved into construction scheduling first with a city overseas, then on to my own management company. For almost 30 years we provided management and scheduling services on projects with a construction value of over $5 billion.
Our move to Sullivan’s Island in 1995 was a true alignment of the stars. With our annual trips to Edisto over the growth years for our children, and our son attending C of C we knew we wanted to live in the Lowcountry. When I walk the beach or drive my old Model A on Middle Street I feel truly blessed that we live in this very special place.
“It takes courage to stand up and speak. It also takes courage to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill