A native New Englander, I grew up outside of Boston and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. After completing three years of active duty service with the United States Coast Guard I received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. My early career included working in local government first as a Park Planner and an Urban Planner for San Diego County, CA and later as a Planner for Montgomery County, MD.
While I found much of the public sector work rewarding, I made a choice to try my hand in the private sector in commercial retail development. Over the next 35 years I have been fortunate to lead real estate and develop organizations in a number of well-known mid-Atlantic retail companies including the Hechinger Company, Genuardi’s Family Markets, Giant Food and Total Wine & More. Much of my focus was helping to create and implement strategic growth plans for these organizations which resulted in the development of hundreds of retail outlets. In addition to this retail experience I also spent 5 years as Director of Development for a private shopping center developer completing in excess of 2 million square feet of development in suburban Washington DC.
My wife, Marie, and I have lived in the Washington DC area for 39 years. Helping to raise our two children, I was very active in coaching and, as a family, we enjoyed hiking and camping in both our local parks and across the Country in our National Park System. Marie and I now divide our time between Northern Virginia and Cape Cod, MA when we are not visiting our daughter in Chicago or our son and his wife New York City. Given the enjoyment that I find in the outdoors my previous experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust was both exciting and satisfying.