School Board – Position 5
I’ve been happily married to Emily for 21+ years. We have two boys, 14 and 10 years old, in the 9th and 5th grades here in Bartlett schools. Emily is PTA president at BES and on the PTSA board in charge of Fund Raising at AMS. She is also president of the Band Booster Club at AMS.
BS in Chemistry, with ACS certification, from Rhodes College in 1991; MBA, with a concentration in Production and Operations Management, from the University of Memphis in 1994
Director of Inventory & Replenishment at AutoZone with over $2.9B of responsibility.
-Two-time recipient of the AutoZone Starters Club award, AutoZone’s highest form of recognition.
-The Dale Carnegie Course Highest Award for Achievement
-AutoZone Accelerated Leadership Program – from the Vanderbilt Executive program, Owen Graduate School of Management
Memberships, Affiliations, & Related Experience:
-Served 2 terms on the Board of Directors (Vestry) at St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church.
-Chairman of the Board (Senior Warden) at St. Elisabeth’s
-Chairman of the Building Committee at St. Elisabeth’s (Our new building opened in March 2013)
-Eagle Scout; Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster—Pack and Troop 255
-Extensive experience in:
-Maintaining and meeting financial plans and budget requirements
-Leading and working in cross-functional groups/teams
-Negotiating, resolving disputes, and achieving goals
-Leading and mentoring young professionals to accomplishing career objectives
Why am I running?
My main motivation for running for school board is the kids—my two sons, all their friends, all the kids I’ve worked with in sports and in Scouts, and simply all kids in Bartlett. They deserve the very best education we can provide. I think the school board should be composed of both educators and business people. As a seasoned corporate executive, I believe I have a lot to offer the new school board and the citizens of Bartlett.
The three most pressing issues facing the School Board are:
1. Hiring a qualified Superintendent.
2. Setting appropriate, lawful policies with additions to reflect the needs of our local school system.
3. Creating a lean, yet effective organizational structure for the Bartlett school system to maximize the value proposition for Bartlett tax payers and which will produce the best school system in Shelby County and the State.
Mayor McDonald formed the Bartlett Education Advisory Committee (BEAC) composed of several prominent Bartlett citizens, many of whom have considerable educational experience, and of all the candidates running for school board. I am on the Organizational Structure subcommittee and to date have attended all meetings of both the full committee and our subcommittee. The mission of the BEAC is to facilitate the transition for the newly elected school board, in essence giving them a head start to opening our schools in the fall of 2014. Many of us have worked long hours and put forth much effort to develop plans and ideas to address the many issues facing the new school board. Therefore, the work of the BEAC should be the starting point to resolving these issues.
With a BS in Chemistry from Rhodes College, an MBA from the University of Memphis, and nearly 20 years in the business world, I have a unique balance of technical, analytical, and business skills that suit me well to serve the citizens of Bartlett as a member of the School Board.