Stronger Community Master Planning
Before making the decision to run for Mayor of Friendswood, I gave careful consideration to the knowledge, experience and skill set I acquired during my 46-year successful career, where I retired as Group Vice President managing a team of 450 employees at one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the world, overseeing projects ranging from $50 million to $4 billion.
Engineering and construction is a demanding, challenging and extremely competitive business which requires not only technical capabilities but also a keen business acumen. My early years were spent in land development and home building where I had responsibilities ranging from obtaining bank loans for subdivision development to subsequent build out of homes. Those subdivisions ranged from 30 home tracts to 100 homes plus.
As my career moved forward, I joined a company with whom I remained for 40 years. That company was a major player in the heavy engineering and construction business sector with a wide spectrum of project types and in both the private market as well as the government arena. It is a diversified business with projects in fossil power, nuclear power, oil and gas, petrochemical, launch facilities for the US Air Force, missile assembly buildings for NASA, roads and major highways to mention a few.
The process of project development and execution is fairly complex and requires feasibility studies, bidding, preliminary design, costing and planning stages before the actual engineering and construction even get started. I had great satisfaction in my reputation as coming in on-time and at or under budget. During the bidding stage, it is paramount that you understand what is important to the customer, which I find to be not much different than what a Mayor and Council should do when making decisions regarding what is good and necessary for the citizens of our city. This effort requires keen listening skills to gain an understanding of what the people want and why they believe they want it. During my career, I gained expertise in the art of negotiating, meeting with parties of potentially oppositional goals, helping them to find common ground that is mutually agreeable to all. This skill set took me across the U.S. for domestic projects as well as international projects in places like Singapore, Australia, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Scotland. Balancing the vision of Friendswood residents for a bedroom community in a growing city with the business resources necessary to achieve the vision of a modern city with a Hometown feel is what I will bring to the table as Mayor.
This is a critical time of growth for Friendswood, as we approach a population of 50,000. Decisions made in the next couple of years will have far longer-lasting impact. I ask for your vote to bring my proven track record of success to help negotiations between residents and the city, creating a Hometown that is welcoming to businesses and residents alike. I believe I have the experience and skill set to Make Friendswood Stronger.