I hesitate to call myself a "servant leader," because I believe if you have to call yourself that, then you aren’t in fact a servant leader. I am not really into the self-anointing that is all around us, so I am always content to allow others to judge what I have done and accomplished on the merits.
I have always been heavily involved in our amazing community, and do the best I can to serve our citizens. Whether in a leadership position or not, being a part of a great and cohesive team is very rewarding, and brings about the best results. Good leaders surround themselves with people they know and trust.
I have been blessed throughout my professional and political career to be surrounded by outstanding team members, peers, and contributors. Professionally, in 28 years at Electronic Data Systems, I have a proven track record of success in the implementation of many complex client solutions for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Many of those same innovative solutions are currently well under deployment with my current employer, FISD.
Within the Frisco community, I have been fortunate to have been involved in many aspects of the community’s success since moving here in 1992. I had the opportunity to serve 9 years as a member of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation when Frisco was first becoming a known commodity in the North Texas business scene. Many of the practices that we developed during that period are still proving successful today. During my 7-year tenure as a member of the Frisco Education Foundation, I was fortunate to successfully oversee one of the largest periods of the Foundation’s growth.
Clearly, Frisco’s success can be attributed to the outstanding efforts of many contributors, but I’m excited to know that I played a role in that success. I think you’ll agree that Frisco is an amazing city, and I am proud to say that I have been actively engaged in every element of Frisco’s development since the mid-1990’s. I’m also excited to know that I have the personal endorsement or support from every one of the past four Frisco Mayors. These leaders know best about my hard work toward Frisco’s success, and I am grateful for their acknowledgement of my contributions to this community.
Why I Am Running for Mayor
I love this community and I love having been a contributor to its success. Frisco has seen great change in the past 24 years and I have been honored to be a part of that change. I have been fully invested in this community for those 24 years and I have a passionate vision for the future. In addition to serving the citizens of this community for 13 of the last 15 years on the Frisco City Council, I have served on numerous committees, boards, and regional initiatives. I have served as Chairman of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation Board, including 9 years of service and President of the Frisco Education Foundation Board, including 7 years of service. I currently serve as a member of the Samaritan Inn of Collin County. I have spent most of my professional career as a leader at Electronic Data Systems (EDS)/Hewlett-Packard (HP) and now at the FISD. I have 34 years of experience leading organizations and delivering successful results, while providing large scale financial management.
Frisco is the fastest growing city in America, and we have a lot more growth ahead of us. Given this, it is critical we have leaders who will focus on the master planning process and demonstrate the discipline to see it through. I believe I am that leader, with a proven track record of success; and I have a vision for continued development that leverages the investments of the past, with an eye to the future.
During my service on the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, we were successful in attracting, retaining, and creating thousands of prime jobs. Our focus going forward must target the higher paid, clean industry jobs of this century. We must encourage and proactively pursue the right kind of development along the highway corridors, so that we can be prepared to best respond to the opportunities to come. We must continue to focus our business development strategies in a manner that provides us revenue from outside of our borders.
Our future is not without challenges however. We must deal with the issues of public health, public safety, the protection of our natural resources, and the continued growth of this community. All of these opportunities require the same fiscal restraint that Frisco has demonstrated in the past, to keep the burden on our citizens as low as possible. Although Frisco citizens enjoy one of the lowest tax rates of any of our neighboring cities, we must continue to remain vigilant. As a public servant to the citizens of Frisco, I am committed to continuing quality growth, establishing positive public/private partnerships that provide winning projects, and maintaining my conservative approach.