Title: Council Member
Municipality: Town of Mayodan
Position Interested In: At-Large - Elected Official
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.
I would like to use my experience to make the NCLM even more successful, effective and beneficial to its members. My first goal would be to improve the NCLM Political Position. As a retiree, I would make myself available to come to Raleigh to visit legislators in order to complement the efforts of our lobbyists. I would also like to see the League sponsor meet and greets with members of the legislature either by county or by NCLM Districts. This would improve our impact when we call Raleigh on issues. Second, I would work on Development of City Officials. I have benefitted greatly from training I have received from the league. I would set a goal of increasing the number of on-line and in-person classes taken by 10% per year. Special emphasis should be placed on encouraging more new council members to take classes. This seems to be more important now as we come out of Covid. This training gives us the confidence to do our best work for our towns and cities without creating problems for ourselves or the municipality. Building great leaders at the municipal level also should be viewed as a training for future members of the legislature, members that will be understanding of how legislation will hurt or help NCLM members.
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.
I served as a town councilman in Mayodan from 1999 to 2007, then was elected to two terms as mayor serving from 2007 through 2011. Prior to serving on the town council, I was appointed to the Zoning Board. I represented Mayodan on the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development and also served on the Partnership's BOD. Additionally, I was Mayodan's representative to the Piedmont Triad Council of Government and was elected to their BOD. In 2021 I was again elected to serve on the Mayodan Town Council.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. The bulk of my career was in purchasing, culminating with 17 years at Volvo Trucks as a Purchasing Manager. As a young adult, I was a member of the Madison-Mayodan Jaycees. I served as President and as a District Director of the North Carolina Jaycees. I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Mebane Historical Museum (Mebane is my home town). I am active in the Madison United Methodist Church, serving on several committees and singing in the choir.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process
Legislative Policy Committee
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
During the two years I served on the NCLM Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011 I was an elected official from one of the smallest towns represented on the board. Typically, I had the good fortune to usually sit beside the representative from Charlotte at most of our meetings. I fully understand that every issue does not affect each community the same way. The beauty was, and is, that by listening to the concerns of all the other cities, we collectively do what is best for the League. During my term, I also developed a deeper understanding of how valuable the league is to towns and cities in North Carolina. Making Vision 2030 a reality for our membership is critical for our collective future.