Tell us a little bit about your background:
I have been very fortunate to have had a career spanning in different fields with missions that required a committee of service to communities. It began with a career in the United States Air Force where service above self is extremely important. From there, it was the food banking world of ensuring those at risk of hunger was given the most nutritious food and availability to much needed resources. My work in the corporate environment at Schindler Elevator Corporation further enhanced my inner core of delivering on a mission of diversity, quality and service to those you serve.
What has inspired you most in your food-banking career?
The thing that has inspired me the most is seeing the individual or family getting the assistance necessary to keep fighting, and realizing there is hope to continue to improve their situation.
What are some of the changes you’ve seen in the hunger landscape in the last 10 years?
Hunger is no longer a particular type of individual or family. Hunger now reaches outward to every community, background, or family structure. Children and seniors are facing more challenges than ever before in having access to nutritious food.
Why is food-banking so important to you?
Continuing the mission. Food-banking gives those less fortunate in our community hope. It provides a vehicle by which those receiving assistance can literally see how much people are fighting for them. It is about children going to school, being a part of the backpack program, and receiving food they unfortunately would not have had without it. It is about service above self in helping our communities.
Could you talk about your biggest food-banking accomplishment?
My biggest food-banking accomplishment is increasing our distribution of meals to those at risk of hunger in Fayetteville from 10,000 monthly to over 80,000 through building partnerships, establishing new programs, enhancing current programs, and increasing awareness within the local communities. I’m looking forward to continuing that progress in Middle Georgia.
What principles and values guide you?
My unwavering belief in integrity, honesty, and strong will to do good guides me in everything I do. It is my foundation I fall back on regardless of the situation.
Tell us a little bit more about your personal background – family, interests and hobbies?
My wife and I have two beautiful children. I am a United States Air Force Veteran. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Business Administration. I am a sports fan.
What would you say is your leadership style?
I give each person a chance to do what they’re best at and create a team effort that delivers a result that’s greater than the sum of its parts while maintaining a high appreciation of their efforts and accomplishments.
What are the most important challenges and opportunities today?
The challenge is acquiring sufficient funding to carry our mission and getting the necessary food resources to provide assistance to individuals and families in Middle Georgia.
There are opportunities in increasing the visibility and efforts of Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in order to provide hunger relief. Educating the public on the face of hunger and what it can do to help. Maintaining current and building new partnerships while increasing new funding streams.
What do you hope to accomplish at Middle Georgia Community Food Bank?
Building a Feeding America Food Bank which is the model of success in providing hunger relief efforts to Middle Georgia. Utilize an energized board and highly capable staff in mobilizing the local communities, other nonprofits and corporations through volunteer activities in helping their fellow neighbors.