Title: Council Member
Municipality: City of Salisbury
Position Interested In: Elected Officials At Large
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
Hopefully, I bring a skill set as an attorney, accountant, business owner, experience in government, executive of two nonprofits that will permit me to add value to the execution of the vision for all municipalities in North Carolina. I was the moving force in reorganizing Salisbury's municipal broadband system and led a successful referendum (82% approval). Clearly, as the Cover-19 pandemic is showing, technology is the key to the future of the entire state and country. Governing is always a balancing act between differing interests but should always have a view to the future and to public safety. One of my favorite "duties" on city council was meeting all of Rowan County's third graders in city hall (until a prior mayor took that duty away from me). I'm a very interactive teacher and helped the students experience what city council does by having them debate and vote on one of our real issues that they could understand such as whether to allow golf carts downtown or allow electronic signs. Government is like Benjamin Franklin's line about the art of plucking a chicken without the chicken knowing. Cooperative leadership and governments working together raise the water level for all citizens.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
Attached is my resume. I am in my third term as a member of the Salisbury City Council where I have served on every special committee that has been appointed for various reasons. I also serve on more than a half dozen boards in the city. Before that, I served on the Planning Board for three years, volunteering and serving on every committee assignment.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I am an attorney, accountant (CPA license currently suspended due to my error reporting my continuing education), and briefly held a securities license. I've attended some outstanding universities: liberal arts at the College of William and Mary, business and accounting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke Law School, International Business at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Legislative Lobby Days
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
Please see my cover letter and my resume.
One aspect of my career that I'd like to bring to your attention is my founding (with UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business) of the Turnaround Management Association. After some misdeeds (and missing money) by the executive director during its first year, UNC asked me to become executive director which I did for a couple years. I grew the organization from approximately 50 members to approximately 1,000 members with almost a dozen chapters across the country. I then worked in Corporate Recovery Services for a couple years.
I also took over a marketing firm in the pharmacy industry that was in bankruptcy, converted it into a specialty pharmacy, grew it from one employee with abut $300,000 in sales to 30 employees with $38 million in sales.
My point is that I've worked in crisis situations where resources are severely constrained, so I have experience and hopefully a problem-solving skill set that may fit these unusual times. With no idea where this pandemic is going to take us, I'm a strong believer in alternative scenarios and group-think rather than politicalizing an event we have no control over. Municipalities tend to be much better dealing with those issues than are state and federal governments.
Suffice it to say, I'd very much appreciate this opportunity and particularly, at this time in history.