Our kinship with Kiawah began twenty-two years ago when my wife, Nancy, and I first visited the island and, a week later, decided to purchase a Tennis Club Villa. Ten years later we built a home on Whimbrel Road and became full-time residents. As with many of you, we were attracted to this wonderful coastal community by its stunning natural beauty, its carefully planned and executed development and its proximity to the cultural experiences available in Charleston. Rarely does one find this carefully blended combination of maritime forests, expansive sandy beaches, picturesque marshes, beautiful residential homes, and a world-class golf and tennis resort. As a community, our challenge going forward is to protect and preserve all that we love about Kiawah in its later stages of growth and development.
The Town of Kiawah has grown along with everything else in Charleston County and we need a strong partnership with KICA, The Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Conservancy, the County and our neighbors on Seabrook and Johns Island. The Town should and can take a lead in ensuring these partnerships are communicating with each other and working together. Improving the roadways we all depend upon to travel to and from Kiawah safely is a top priority.
I have had the privilege of serving on the Town’s Planning Commission for the last six years and currently serve as vice chairman. I also co-chaired the development of the Town’s current Ten-Year Strategic Plan. I was a member of the committee appointed to plan and design our new Municipal Center on Betsy Kerrison and later served on the committee that oversaw the actual construction of the building. I also co-chair the Kiawah Residents Art Guild. Nancy and I both have been active volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations here on Kiawah, on Johns Island and in Charleston. We play golf and tennis and are members of the Kiawah Island Club and the Governor’s Club.
My educational background includes holding a BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Missouri. I was a commissioned officer in the United States Army and, during my tour, served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of STRATCOM. In 1970, I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. My civilian career focused on investment management and banking. Highlights include leading the Investment Management and Trust Division of the Boston Company and heading the U.S. Private Bank at Chase Manhattan in New York. I retired as executive vice president for Wealth Management at Wachovia Corporation, now Wells Fargo.
Nancy and I have two wonderful children. Our son, Clark, lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and three active young boys. Our daughter, Lindsey, and her husband, Taylor, live in Venice, CA with their equally active young daughter and son. They, too, also love Kiawah. I ask for your support and will do my best to represent the long-term interests of all our residents and guests.