My wife, Gini, and I moved here in January 2013, when I took the position of Director of Sales at Gilmore Services in Pensacola. We relocated from Minneapolis, MN where they raised our two daughters—one graduated from the University of MN and now works in Minneapolis, while our youngest is now in graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis. While living in MN, I was an active community volunteer: coaching youth softball and basketball, being on the board of our local youth sports association, and serving as a board member of the high school booster club. Additionally, in my professional life, I served many years with the intentional trade organization NAID (National Association for Information Destruction), including serving as it’s’ president. The majority of my professional career I’ve been in sales; in fact, at one point, I held the executive director position of a local chamber of commerce serving a suburb of Minneapolis. Since moving to this area, I’ve become active in the Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola Realtors Association, the Perdido Key Chamber serving on the Enhancement Committee, Five Flags Rotary and currently serve on the Board of Directors for Pensacola Sports. I would like to serve on Perdido Key Chamber Board of Directors as I see that this area is poised for some exciting growth opportunities. The recent retail analysis from by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) as per the Master Plan for Perdido Key, suggests that Perdido Key market can support another $26 million in retail, restaurants, and services. I believe the Perdido Key Chamber needs to be the catalyst to focus these economic development opportunities to best serve our community. I want to see this strong community bond flourish within the economic development opportunities that lie ahead.