Biography

  I was raised in Charlotte, the son of a preacher and a teacher.  Religion and education were

stressed in my household, as you can imagine.  Looking back, I can appreciate the foundation that

they help lay for everything else I have done thus far in life.  Obviously money was not in great

supply but my parents made sure that my sister and I had the best they could afford and I was

lucky to have a very loving and supportive family.  One of the worst days of my life was in August

of 2014 when my sister passed away.  Both she and I are adopted but you couldn't find siblings

closer than we were.  In November of 2016, I lost my father to cancer and in 2019 I lost my

grandmother who was 107 years old. These were devastating losses.    Although it has been very

tough without them, I am grateful for the relationship I have with the rest of my family.  Family and

faith can get us through the worst of times.

 

  In high school I dove into school politics and ending up serving as the Student Body President of Garinger High School my senior year.  Perhaps it was there that I developed my eager taste for politics.  I have always believed that if you don't like the method or the results, you have to become part of the solution and not just complain from the sidelines. 
 

                                Building on my service in high school, I was honored to serve as Freshman Class President in college.  My

                                involvement with politics took a hiatus after that and I instead concentrated on work and quickly found my

                                niche in the hospitality industry.  I still felt the desire to do more than just my job, so I became a 

                                corporate trainer and assisted in training other employees and helped open new locations.  I firmly believe

                                that each new day and situation offers an opportunity for growth and an increase in your education.  You

                                never stop learning and you never stop growing as a person.  We make decision everyday that speak very 

                                loudly as to how we want to be received in society and by growing and adapting we help create our environment as we
                                think it should be.

 

  After 20 years in the hospitality industry I felt it was time for a change and I entered the world of real estate which I

still enjoy today.  I really wanted to slow down a bit and this meant leaving the hustle and bustle of Charlotte so I

moved to Belmont.  I attended school for Real Estate at Gaston College and once I started to get established in my new

profession, I moved to Gastonia.  I have enjoyed Gastonia, the people, and the great life I have here.  I may not be

wealthy monetarily but my wealth comes from less tangible things that many others in Gastonia understand.  Shortly

after moving, I realized that the West side of Gastonia seemed to have been forgotten.  There are great people, some

good property, industry, retail, and even historic areas.  It just seemed that time was going backwards and the West side

was starting to regress.  As a resident of the West side, I knew my area was not a benefit to the city and so I stuck to my
beliefs and ran for City Council so I could start offering solutions and not just complain.  With the encouragement of great

people like my friend Peggy Ferguson and others, I was able to not only learn of the needs of the community but how to

communicate and become a community leader.

 

  I won my election in 2011 and in 2015 and now I am serving my second term on the Gastonia City Council.  I am proud of what the Council has achieved and the direction that the city is headed in.  Balanced budgets while maintaining service levels are an accomplishment I am very proud of.  It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Gastonia.  I have learned a great deal and I have tried to serve with dedication and integrity.  I believe in communication, listening, and exploring unique solutions.  Elected officials are put in a position to serve the citizens. We not only serve the people, we are the employee, so never think I am not available, I always have time for the boss, YOU!

 

 

Professional and Community Service

(past and present)


Gastonia Mayor Pro Tem (2015 - 2017)

Gaston Association of Realtors Board of Directors (2009 present)
Gaston Association of Realtors President (2014 and 2018)
Gaston Association of Realtors Legislative Committee
Chairman (2014)

Schiele Board of Trustess (2011 - 2015)

Gaston/Lincoln/Cleveland Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairman (2015 - 2017)
GCLMPO Member (2011 - present)

Gastonia Transportation Committee (2013 - Present, Chair 2013 - 2016)
Gastonia Center City and Housing Committee Chair (2011 - present)
Gastonia Facilities and Maintenance Committee (2011 - present)
North Carolina Association of Realtors Information and Technology Committee (2014 - 2016)
North Carolina Association of Realtors Diversity Committee (2014 present)
Realtor Political Action Committee Region 7 Trustee (2014 - 2017))
North Carolina Association of Realtors Region 7 Vice President (2015 - 2017)

Mayors Youth Leadership Council Advisor (2011 - 2017)

Gaston Association of Realtors Membership Chair (2010)
Gaston Association of Realtors Education Chair (2016)
Gaston Association of Realtors By Laws Committee (2016)

Greater Gaston Development Corporation Image Campaign Steering Committee (2015 - present)

Downtown Gastonia Merchants Association Board (2015 - 2016)

Gastonia Public Safety Committee (2014 - 2018)
Gaston Association of Realtors Secretary/Treasurer (2016)

2014  Gaston Association Realtor of the Year (2014 and 2018)
Gaston Association of Realtors Personnel Committee Chair (2016 and 2019)
NC Realtors® PAC State Chair (2018)
Gaston Association of Realtors Finance Committee Chair (2016)
Gaston Association of Realtors 2016 President Elect
NC Realtors® Governance PAG (2016 - 2017)
NC Realtors® Certifying and Recruiting Committee (2017 and 2018)
NC Realtors® Diversity Committee Sub-Committee Diversity Conference Chair (2019)

 

 

Gaston County School Mentor (Rhyne Elementary)
Westside Community Watch President (2009 - 2011)
Habitat for Hummanity Volunteer
Hope 4 Gaston Volunteer

Gastonia Trunk or Treat Co-Organizer
Gastonia July 4th Festival Co-founder
Gaston County Schools Back Pack Volunteer (Rhyne Elementary)
Maples on Main Spring Festival Founder
Christmas in the City Organizer
Gaston County All American Fair Organizer
Gastonia Fall Festival Organizer


 

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