"Building Community with Heart"
"I want to continue working for you. With over a decade of applicable experience, plus a term on Town Council, I know what it takes to collaboratively find solutions, navigate complicated issues and get things done."
Trophy Club is almost built-out so I believe a focus should be on Fiscal Responsibility, keeping government efficient with our existing tax base.
Along with Council Members, Boards, Sub-Committees and Town Staff, work towards creating and maintaining a fiscally responsible budget.
Believe in being an active citizen... interacting, engaging and participating in our community.
Forge and maintain positive and productive relationships with our residents, schools, local businesses, neighboring towns and regional partners.
Continue the great work of making our Park and Rec areas the best they can be, as they're one of our most important amenities to be enjoyed by all members of our community, young and old.
Advocate for a Citizen Survey to determine the needs and wants of TC residents.
Support the development of a Civic Center, to include Senior and Recreation Facilities, Community Room and Lending Library.
Continue securing the best possible tenants for Trophy Wood, alongside Breadwinners and HG SPLY CO, in order to bring in the highest revenue to Trophy Club.
Maximize development opportunities to grow our sales tax base, since we have a very limited amount of remaining commercially zoned real estate.
My goal has been, and will be, to have Council, Boards and Commissions comprised of independent voices who put personal feelings aside and instead, put the wants and needs of constituents, first...ahead of ourselves, our friendships and our business partners.
During my time on Council, I have had positive and mutually respectful working relationships with the Mayor and Town Staff while striving for decorum, respect and constructive dialogue with my Council colleagues.
Ensure that we are continuously improving the quality of customer service residents experience when they interact with the Town.
Our First Responders not only have my full support, but my admiration and gratitude.
Continue positive and productive relationships with our local nonprofit organizations in order to benefit our Town, its families and beyond.
Work with the MUD, with direction from an industry expert, in order to determine short and long term plans, options and impacts of dissolution, absorption or other solutions.
Diligently and respectfully work with residents, businesses, schools and government officials to make Trophy Club the best it can be and a Great Place to Call Home.
POINTS TO PONDER
"there is much more to being a great mayor"
I don't call myself a "businessman", however, I've been in business and I've owned businesses. But, quite honestly, being a "businessman" is not what being a Mayor requires...just ask our current mayor and our neighboring mayors. But, since it's been made an issue, I'm happy to address it. While completing my double masters degrees in Aviation/Aerospace Management and Aviation/Aerospace Operations, I was selected to help start-up a new and innovative airline...an airline so successful, it later became a part of Southwest Airlines. I co-founded a successful ad agency with prestigious firms and large corporations, like Forbes, as clients. I've also owned and operated an award-winning, top-producing franchise, while maintaining my career as an Airline Pilot and raising my two children, along with volunteering in my community. You don't have to run a family business to be intelligent; to be an effective and efficient decision maker; to work well under pressure; to manage staff; to be familiar with high-dollar budgets; to have stellar communication skills or to be a strong leader. Piloting a 500,000 pound jetliner across the world, being responsible for hundreds of lives, calls for a calm cool head and nerves of steel, as a rash decision could be fatal. It calls for clear direct communication, teamwork, decisiveness, confidence, leadership and the ability to understand vast amounts of technical information. However, there is much more to being a great mayor. A great mayor inspires, motivates and listens to everyone, not just friends and business partners. A great mayor is actively involved in their community, year round, not just during election season. Great mayors are fearless, passionate, trustworthy, ethical and compassionate. If elected, I will strive to be a great mayor.
"ideas can be brought forth, anytime by anyone "
Ideas are awesome, I love to brainstorm! What I like even more is sharing my ideas, as the come, then collaborating with others to bring those ideas to fruition. Ideas can be brought forth, anytime by anyone, whether or not you’re serving on a Town Board or Town Council and you certainly don’t have to wait until you’re running for office. For the past decade, I’ve enjoyed working with our PTAs, local businesses, nonprofits and Town, coming up with/collaborating on/sharing ideas and implementing them for the benefit our community.My opponent has come up with several ideas for his campaign. For the last decade (not just during my campaign) I’ve shared my ideas and brought them to fruition and will keep doing so. The Civic Center is not my idea, it’s an idea I’m open to explore, at residents’ request. Being a public servent means serving the public...not ourselves. I will let my record speak for itself and continue developing ideas, spearheading and participating in town, school and community events, fundraisers, food and donation drives, teacher appreciation weeks, spirit nights, initiatives for supporting local businesses, families in need, mental health awareness, suicide awareness, anti-bullying, etc...and of course, our yearly Campaign 4 Kindness, a monthlong event where our schools, residents, businesses and Town join together. I’m also excited about our latest great idea brought to fruition...an initiative to support local businesses and families in need...Give Small, Help Big in 76262. As Mayor, I would encourage everyone to bring forth their ideas because building community is a group effort, not a one-man show.
"volunteering for a day is great, but, volunteering year round is even better"
Someone proposed hosting “The Big Event”, a one day city-wide opportunity to volunteer. I actually love this idea! It’s much like what Medlin Middle school does, albeit on a much larger scale. I would also encourage volunteering throughout the year.
Trophy Club has ample opportunities to give back, whether it be with your time, money or blood sweat and tears! Here are some organizations that could use your help: Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center at TC, one of the many BNHS Booster Clubs, Campaign 4 Kindness, Community Storehouse, Four Paws One Heart, Keep Trophy Club Wild, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Metroport Veteran’s Association, Roanoke Food Pantry, TC Rotary Club, Trophy Club Women’s Club, TCEVA and our PTAs at Beck, Byron, Lakeview and Medlin, plus many more. Volunteering for a day is great! But, volunteering year round is even better!
"I'm willing to research and explore instead of automatically saying "NO" to our residents"
I understand how my comments could be taken out of context regarding me being open to discussion of a Convention/Civic Center. I can also see how online photos could be misleading and a misrepresentation of what Council and Staff discussed, where all Council Members, at that time, were present and supportive . One of the limited uses for Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars (HOT) is funding the establishment (the construction of) and maintenance of a Convention/Civic Center or Visitor Information Center. In January of 2019, my opponent was in support of spending $283,000 for a engineering study for a $6-10M parking garage to be utilized for current establishments and the next phase of OTD development, nicknamed "Phase III", which included a multiuse complex with restaurant and bar space, a civic center and even a pool. This project discussion was subsequently abandoned after questions arose regarding conflicts of interest. It’s a given that a Convention/Civic Center would satisfy the criteria of HOT usage, or it would not be allowed. Again, these are just ideas that I'm willing to research and explore instead of automatically saying "NO" to our residents. It may not be feasible, but then again, maybe it will be feasible...we wont know until we are open for discussion.
“Criteria #1: First, every expenditure must DIRECTLY enhance and promote tourism AND the convention and hotel industry”
Examples could be hosting events where outside guests would attend, such as Sports Tournaments (Baseball, Soccer, Motocross, Golf, Fishing, Marathons, etc) and Town events, such as our Fourth of July Celebration (parade, fireworks, live concert, etc) where teams and families would be traveling to Trophy Club, staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants and buying goods from our local businesses. This woud tie into a Convention/Civic center by having a Visitor Information desk promoting all our Town has to offer; utilizing Convention/Civic Center rooms to meet and plan for events and ceremonies hosted by the Town, Corporations, Nonprofits… educational, cultural, religious, commercial and social functions, meetings, banquets and other gatherings of people, from all over, with shared interests.
"I have a strong record of participation"
Someone suggested more Town events. I’d encourage them to attend the many we already have. An Arts & Crafts Fair was mentioned...BNHS Dazzlers has a great one and the TC Women’s Club is hosting one, as well. The Town also hosts Fun Run 4 Kindness, Back to Nature, Spring Family Campout, EGGstravaganza, Spring Garage Sale, Community Cleanup, Memorial Day Celebration, Fourth of July Celebration, Petfest, Octoberfest, Community Night, Fall Family Campout, Parade of Homes, Christmas in the Park and Wreaths Across America. Our schools, churches, clubs and nonprofits also have community events throughout the year...BNHS Meet the Bobcats, BNHS PTSA Taste & Talent, Beck United in Kindness, Medlin Carnival, Dazzlers Arts & Crafts Fair, TC Rotary Health Fair, too many events to list hosted by the Trophy Club Women’s Club and so many others. I have a strong record of participation and enjoy the many events already offered, but I’d also like to continue discussing new ideas, such as hosting tournaments to bring in business to Trophy Club. We have ample baseball and soccer facilities to host tournaments, plenty of hotel rooms for accommodations and enough restaurants in which to dine. Our local businesses would benefit, and in turn, our Town.