My wife, Laura, and I, along with our family, have been residents of Holly Springs since 2011. We have watched in wonder at how Holly Springs has changed and developed. We moved to North Carolina with the U.S. Army. After returning from multiple years of deployments, I was stationed at Fort Bragg. After conducting research regarding the possible areas to live, we were drawn to Holly Springs for its unique and welcoming feel, its highly ranked schools, its potential for growth and all the recreational opportunities. Since 2011, our boys have attended the local public schools and are engaged in local sports and local events like the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade.
I served over 30 years in the Armed Forces. I enlisted in 1987 and due to a non-combat related injury, retired in March 2018. My retired grade is Colonel. While in the Army, I commanded at the task force, battalion and company levels and served in four-star commands and at the Pentagon. Specific experience includes base camp management, development, design, and growth. Base camps are small to medium size small cities. We love living in Holly Springs and calling it home.
As CEO of a disabled veteran-led business, my partners and I brought the PatchMaster drywall repair concept to Iredell County and just opened the Southern Wake operation. The focus of this company is to assist transitioning Veterans and to grow future Veteran ownership in the drywall repair business.
As a steward for the people of Holly Springs, I will work to give back to our town and community. I am currently the Chair of The Town of Holly Springs Board of Adjustment, having served on the board since 2018. This Board conducts public hearings and renders rulings on variances from the Town’s regulations, appeals to zoning decisions made by Development Services Staff and appeals of determination made by the Environmental Appeal Committee. I have also served on my subdivision’s HOA Board as President and member at large with my term ending this year.
Since 2015, I have served in Scouts BSA in many roles, including Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee Chair.
I hold a BA in Political Science from Jacksonville State University, MBA from Grantham University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, fishing, backpacking, hiking, biking through town and mountain biking. Our family takes advantage of the wonderful amenities Holly Springs has to offer.
We are proud to call Holly Springs home and I welcome the opportunity to serve as a member of the Holly Springs town council.
Holly Springs council members need to hold themselves to a high standard with integrity and forward thinking serving the entire town. Citizens should expect our public servants to strive to make Holly Springs a great town, uniquely Holly Springs, with an identity different from any other town. Let’s be Holly Springs.
Our Town faces the opportunity and the obligation to drive growth in tandem with positive community and environmental outcomes. To drive success, we must adhere to the Town's vision outlined within the Comprehensive Plan Mission Statement to make Holly Springs a unique town while also fostering responsible growth and a sense of community. Mission-Statement (hollyspringsnc.us). Policies need to be continually reviewed and updated with consistent application.
Ways to Maintain Responsible Growth:
Holly Springs continues to grow and change both residentially and commercially. When possible, we should increase mass transit opportunities to assist in solving our residents' transportation needs.
In addition, we should continue to forecast and ensure utilities are developed in support of a 5–10-year plan.
Holly Springs should continue to work closely with surrounding local governments to coordinate land use and infrastructure in support of quality sustainable patterns of growth and development.
Specific Concerns stated by residents:
Our residents deserve the best quality fire, police, and EMS services available. We have a great base in place to improve and build upon. As a former Army Engineer, I will fully support our public services being adequately structured to best serve all our residents. I will continue to reinforce transparency and checks & balances throughout town government including public services.
Given the rapid growth of Holly Springs it is important that citizens play a key role in future growth through citizen advisory boards. These boards would assist in guiding the direction of growth by incorporating public input and addressing community concerns.
We need to continually evaluate and innovate our community facilities, greenways, parks and recreational programs so that these amenities may be enjoyed now and preserved for future generations of Holly Springs residents. These amenities are one of the key means of differentiating Holly Springs and ensuring that it will continue to be a place that people want to live and work.
We have a solid, increasing tax base. I support keeping taxes low while maintaining and growing the General Fund to evenly balance this tax base. Our continued growth must be managed to ensure the proper levels of services (public utilities, public services) are distributed properly across our town.
We need to achieve a residential tax base balanced by the commercial tax base. By continuing to pursue companies like Fujifilm and other bioscience companies, we will be able to improve and grow our town.
In support of the Town’s Comprehensive plan, I support strategically encouraging business, light industrial and commercial development in appropriate locations that will balance the overall tax base. Executive-Summary (hollyspringsnc.us)
I support transportation improvement through state and federal grants to fund infrastructure improvements, alleviate congestion and make our roads safer for our residents.
I will channel and utilize my professional background as an Army Corps of Engineers Officer, and my experience in financial compliance, project, and program management to help identify and implement efficiencies in town spending to alleviate any unnecessary spending. My time in the service overseas broadened my view of local governments and how they impact our everyday lives.
Holly Springs has continued to grow over the last 10 years. We now have over 41,000 residents with a ten-year projection of 61,000 residents and twenty-year projection of 70,000. Our Town, our residents and landscape, are constantly evolving and maturing. At the same time, we want to preserve the “welcoming culture” that makes our town unique and appealing. I believe our Town government needs to continually evolve and grow with its residents to effectively serve everyone.
We should hold ourselves to a high standard of integrity and forward thinking across the entire town. Residents should demand that our public servants make Holly Springs a great town. I do not believe we need to compare ourselves to other towns. Holly Springs should be the example for other towns.
I will bring to the Town Council an emphasis on using appropriate leadership – stakeholder inclusion, instinct, humility, compassion, combined with integrity, systems thinking and common sense – to guide our town and town government into the future. Together, we will navigate critical local, state and other issues that affect our residents while maintaining the vision of the stated town mission.
Where appropriate, I will focus on technology and innovation, while balancing data-to-knowledge, continuous learning, and critical thinking. Ultimately, I will employ a responsible approach to continue building our town while honoring its uniqueness.
I believe in developing meaningful relationships with my fellow Holly Springs residents, hearing their concerns, providing them a voice, and building a platform for all residents to be an integral part of where we call home.
 Table 3-1, Projected Population for the Town of Holly Springs, Microsoft Word - Sec3_Holly_Springs_2015_SCIMMP_FINAL_v1.docx (hollyspringsnc.gov)
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