EDUCATION & WORK HISTORY
1968: B.S., English, Iowa State University
1968-70: U.S. Navy, Lt. j.g.
1980: Minneapolis Tribune: daily assignment reporter, restaurant critic, food writer
1983-94: Executive Vice President/Editorial, Whittle Communications, Knoxville, Tenn.; managed 18 editorial projects
1996-16: Executive Director, Knox Youth Sports, Knoxville, Tenn.; responsible for year-round programs for 30,000+ players over 20 years
1967: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Eminent Deputy Archon (vice president)
1990-03: Volunteer: youth, high school and college baseball programs
2015-16: Member, Leadership Knoxville Class of 2016
2016: Restaurant reviewer, Trip Advisor and Yelp!
What are three factors you feel are most critical to continuing Knoxville’s steady economic growth? How do you plan to support these factors?
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. SMART ZONING. INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. I have made creating jobs in poverty-laden areas a central point of my campaign. But, it’s not just creating jobs that is important, it’s ensuring we create meaningful employment for the people who live in this city. Our state currently has a large labor shortage among skilled tradesman, and while the county makes educational decisions, I propose the city make a greater effort to build the workers of tomorrow by creating mentoring programs and promoting the trades in our city. In doing so, we can reduce poverty and crime by ensuring our children can have the opportunity for a high-paying job once they graduate high school if they choose not to go to college. I will work to ensure that we can create these programs and that the city council is investing in our community.
We have to ensure that our zoning laws are not one size fits all, but support continued growth economically and socially. I will work with residents, business leaders, and other thought leaders to ensure that all decisions I make will continue economic growth.
We also have to improve our infrastructure – better sidewalks, better recreational areas, and better smart-growth type priorities that ensure that business wants to come to Knoxville and that the best and the brightest stay in Knoxville.
What is the biggest challenge facing Knoxville businesses today? How do you plan to address this issue if elected?
QUALIFIED WORKERS. Finding qualified people for positions. We have one of the best universities in the nation, and we have to make sure that those folks stay in the community after they graduate. We also have to do better when it comes to workforce development and training and educating our youth, so that our local businesses can thrive.
In what specific ways would you like to see Knoxville’s young professionals more engaged in our community?
Through volunteerism, public service, and mentoring the youth in our community towards a better future. If only one young professional would run for one of the three at-large seats in City Council in two years, the City could benefit enormously from the energy and creativity dedication of an entirely new generation!
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