I was raised in a small town in Ohio. Since leaving that area after college, I have missed the “feel” of a small town. I’ve discovered the closest thing I’ve experienced to that feeling here in Leander. It’s a thriving, growing city with a small town feel – the best of both worlds. I have a vision of a Leander that continues to grow and thrive while retaining, and increasing, that feel of a close-knit community - a Community To Be Proud Of. From a young age, it was instilled in me to be involved in the community. I feel it’s important to pay it back. I have given back in various ways. Doing so has allowed me to develop several skills that apply to, and will make me successful, in the City Council position as we fulfill the Council’s responsibilities to the City of Leander.
These skills include:
Heavy involvement in Youth Sports activities: I have years of experience volunteering and leading sports and recreation programs. In addition to several years coaching teams in the HCYA girl’s basketball league, I ran the entire league, including organizing tournaments. My final year, I mentored the All-Star team to the National Tournament in Wichita, KS. I also spent years coaching and refereeing softball. basketball, and volleyball for the NW Houston YMCA Youth Sports Association, going so far as to organize and manage a few tournaments. Since moving here, I have coached and umpired in the Leander Little League. I currently serve on the City of Leander Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (https://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec) (https://www.leandertx.gov/prab) as well as on the Leander Youth Baseball & Softball Alliance Advisory Board. (https://www.leandertx.gov/parksrec/page/leander-youth-baseball-softball-alliance)
Led Philanthropic Efforts: While in college, I led numerous teams and participated in others that organized numerous philanthropic events and festivals for the campus community. One group briefly held the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously playing Twister – we had 1832 participants. The Twister event was part of a weekend-long philanthropic festival we organized benefitting the Leukemia Society.
The Leander Foundation I am proud to be one of the founders of The Leander Foundation which exists to promote, protect and enhance sustainable growth of the city of Leander, Texas to maximize the quality of life of its citizens. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Foundation. (https://www.leanderfoundation.org/)
Earned Eagle Scout award at age 15: During my scouting career, I participated in, organized, and/or led numerous projects benefitting my home town. These include such things as cleaning and painting the town’s public trash cans, attendance at numerous town council meetings, various beautification projects, and organizing a summer reading program at the county library to help struggling elementary age readers keep reading over the summer break.
Economic Development: I currently serve as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. This committee, appointed by City Council, is an advisory committee to the City's Economic Development Department. It was created to support, promote, encourage, and advocate projects that expand the City's commercial tax base in a manner that strengthens the local economy and diversifies the tax base consistent with the character of the community. (https://www.leandertx.gov/boards/page/economic-development-committee) .
Served on multiple HOA Boards: While serving on the Boards of Directors for two of the neighborhoods I lived in, I heard and decided upon numerous appeals to deed restrictions, fines, fees, and building permits. I understand the importance of being a fair and impartial decision maker in such cases, as well as the need for consistency and an open mind.
Budgeting and Capital Planning: I have been active in budget creation and maintenance, as well as capital planning and prioritization in conjunction with many of the items listed above. Additionally, I currently perform similar functions in an ongoing basis in my work career.
Organizational Governance: Serving as an officer at varying levels in numerous organizations has offered me visibility and experience into how organizations work, multiple leadership styles, gaining buy-in from impacted parties, conflict resolution, and change management. All of these skills are necessary to be a successful City Council member.
Civic Engagement The Leander Foundation– Board of Directors 2021-Present City of Leander Economic Development Committee– Chairman 2021-Present Leander Youth Baseball & Softball Alliance Advisory Board– Scheduling Manager 2021-Present Leander Parks & Recreation AdvisoryBoard2020-Present
I’d like to close with a personal reflection. Growing up, I can’t count the number of times people told me I should settle back there after college and that I’d surely be the mayor for years to come. That thought intrigued me. However, job opportunities elsewhere made that dream an impossibility. I see the opportunity to serve on Leander’s City Council as an even better chance to give back. Leander is significantly larger than my hometown. It offers many more areas in which to serve the city. I’ve been blessed with many experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally, both in leadership as well as organizational skills. Being a member of the City Council will provide me multiple opportunities to serve the City. While there will inevitably be conflicts, ups and downs, and difficult decisions to make, I pledge to keep two guiding principles at the forefront:
The good of the community will be foremost in my decision-making process
I am committed to hearing from stakeholders on all sides of an issue. I will not review an issue with my mind already made up. Rather, I will approach each and every issue coming before Council as a one-off, individual issue to be judged on its merits.
I appreciate you taking the time to review my credentials and experience. I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications with any interested parties.