Kiawah has been a major part of our family’s life for many years, both as a vacation destination and living here as permanent residents. My wife Ardath and I purchased our property in 1997, and it has become a special place for us. We feel very fortunate to be a part of a community where so many people are committed to the beauty and security of the environment. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Detroit. After 40 years of employment at William Beaumont Hospital, I retired in May of 2010 as the CEO of the Beaumont, Royal Oak Hospital, a 1,061 bed Academic Medical Center.
We moved to Kiawah from Michigan and became full-time residents in the spring of 2010. We lived in a villa at Parkside until our home on Bluebill Court was completed in September of 2011. Our two daughters and four grandchildren often come to enjoy the Island. In 2010 I began my volunteer work on Kiawah joining the Town’s Arts Council. This group of dedicated men and women work diligently in obtaining these valuable benefits for our community. They are instrumental in bringing a wide variety of performing and visual art events to the Town.
As a resident, it was a privilege to have further opportunities for civic service. I was elected twice to Town Council, serving as Mayor Pro Tem from 2012 to 2016. My commitment then and now was always to represent and make decisions that benefited the entire community. A major objective of Council was to ensure the future financial strength of the Town. Strategic plans were put into place and implemented that have had a positive effect on accomplishing that objective.
• Annexation of Freshfields providing a new revenue stream
• Successful completion of the Municipal Center Project
• Negotiated sale of old Town Hall to KICA and subsequent rezoning
• Participated in Hurricane evacuation
• Developed relationships with all Kiawah constituents
I believe my extensive experience in civic and professional organizations provide me with leadership, governing, communicating and decision-making skills. There is still much to be done, so I am again requesting your support.
I served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, a Catholic University sponsored by the Dominican Sisters from 2009 to 2015. In 2015 I joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Health Care Management Program at Siena Heights. I was also a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach on Johns Island from 2011 to 2016.
The community we live in is a unique and special place for all of us. The Town has had excellent leadership with Mayors Lipuma and Weaver and their Councils, but the Town will face future challenges. We must remain financially strong, support our property owners, and protect the environment. We all want Kiawah to continue the vital position it has in all of our lives. I feel the key to addressing these challenges is to ensure that the elected leadership provides thoughtful and collaborative efforts in discussion and making decisions, working with all Kiawah community members. I ask for your vote as Mayor of the Town of Kiawah Island on December 1st.