Invested in Mount Dora:
I bought my first home in Mount Dora 13 years ago, in 2005. I still own that house, along with my home in the Pinecrest-Lake Gertrude neighborhood, on Hilltop Drive.
In 2011, I opened Barrel of Books & Games, a new & used bookstore on West 4th Avenue in Downtown Mount Dora.
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (1998), Masters in Business Administration(1999). Both from Stetson University. I am 42 years old.
I have career experience to back up making sound decisions. I started my first business with my brother while we were in high school, baseball cards and comic books. By the time we graduated we had 3 locations. I worked my way through college on a variety of jobs including setting up cost accounting, tracking and budgeting for a Florida Gourmet food distributor. I started my post graduate career at Infocure, a large NASDAQ traded medical billing software company in Atlanta. Next I moved to Metairie, Louisiana outside of New Orleans to join the Treasury Department as a accountant for Stewart Enterprises. Stewart Enterprises, another NASDAQ traded company, is a large company that was founded in 1910 and is America’s second largest provider of funeral and cemetery services. I was responsible for tracking investments and creating financial statements. I returned to Florida to join Enterprise, the international car rental company, where I was branch manager in Orange City and in Deland. Along the way before starting my downtown Mount Dora business, I worked for Walt Disney World, United Parcel Service, and the United States Postal Service.
City Government Experience:
I am very prepared to serve on city council. I spent the last year and a half attending nearly every council meeting, and meetings of other committees. I was appointed to serve on the city’s Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee, where in just a few months I have suggested new ideas to old problems. I spent all day at the July 19th city council budget workshop where I was the only candidate in attendance. I have read thousands of pages of council agenda packets. I studied and researched budgets and financial reports. I have read all the city’s ordinances and city land codes. I have read the Comprehensive Plan and studied Land Use maps, as well as the city’s Envision plan. I have read city reports, like the Fitch Report on our fire department, among others. I have met with the City Manager several times, and recently spent the day, with the City Manager’s approval, meeting with Department Directors and staff to learn more about each city operation.
Serving ALL neighborhoods of Mount Dora:
I know hundreds and hundreds of Mount Dora residents, from neighborhoods all over the city, even before I started my quest to become the At Large city council person. As my neighbors and customers can tell you, I’ve been an advocate solving problems for people for years. I am not afraid to speak up, to buck the system, to question and get answers and to