I fell in love with The Lowcountry while vacationing here with my wife Cam in 1986. The area’s beauty, wildlife, weather, beaches, and outdoor activities were a wonderful change from our native Cincinnati, OH. When our two now-adult daughters were toddlers, we vacationed many times at Hilton Head. We did not discover Seabrook Island until friends retired here permanently 7 years ago. On our initial visit, we knew Seabrook Island was a very special place.
We first bought property on Seabrook Island in the BayPointe Villas in 2017 as a secondary residence. The views of Bohicket Creek, the marsh, and spectacular sunsets were stunning. In November 2019, we sold our BayPointe condo and purchased a townhome on Long Bend Drive.
In March 2020, I retired from a 40-year career in Employee Benefits, and we moved to Seabrook Island full-time with our pet Havanese Lulu, the week before Covid-19 shut down the world. It turned out to be the best move we ever made. Our home is part of the Horseshoe Cove HOA, of which I serve on the Board. Besides wonderful views of Bohicket Marsh, we also have wonderful neighbors who have made us feel welcomed since Day One.
We are Full Golf members of the Seabrook Island Club, so we enjoy many rounds of golf, as well as walking the beaches and trails, and the overall natural beauty of Seabrook. We have made many great new friends here through the Club. I also enjoy pickleball, bicycling, fishing, and kayaking.
From my professional career, I developed many skills that will benefit the Nominating Committee such as strategic planning, goals/objectives setting, interviewing, listening, relationship building, negotiating, and creative problem-solving. When I worked in Public Relations at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, I was the youngest person to be president of the Cincinnati chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). I learned a lot about how committees succeed through that experience. I later worked in Sales for 30-plus years at Anthem, CIGNA, and Delta Dental.
While raising our daughters, I was a volunteer youth sports coach. I also served on various committees at churches we attended, and HOAs, while living in Cincinnati. Cam is an RN so we have enjoyed volunteering on several church medical mission trips to Belize. Cam also volunteers her services at the Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic.
I believe Seabrook Island is a unique place to live and play that needs our active stewardship to protect it and keep it thriving as a desirable place for all. I believe being on the SIPOA Nominating committee is one way that I can help achieve this.