Tell us about your family:
My wife Eva and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary this year. We have three daughters– Rebecca, Sara and Madison—and live in Duluth, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. My wife began a ministry that serves poor Egyptian children and widows in the southern part of the country and it has now been turned over to Egyptian nationals.
Describe your professional journey:
I began working for Chick-fil-A in 1978, opening new restaurants and consulting with new franchisees. Following graduation from college with a Marketing degree, I consulted for two more years and was then asked to co-lead the development of the franchisee training program. During that time I gained an interest and experience in leadership and team development which allowed me to play a role in the development and delivery of multiple leadership programs for leaders across all levels of our organization. From there I was asked to lead our corporate staff development programs and executive education for our executive committee and corporate officers. My final decade was spent coaching and consulting internal managers and executives through corporate restructuring fueled by the company’s rapid growth. I retired on July 31, 2018, after a very rewarding forty years. Chick-fil-A is a phenomenal organization with a wonderful biblically-based culture. I am greatly indebted to them for the opportunity both professionally and personally.
What qualities do you value in Prairie College?
First of all: Prairie’s Christ-centered focus. As President Mark Maxwell frequently says, “We are about knowing Christ and making him known.” I have witnessed first-hand how that focus is evident in the faculty, staff and students and is woven into the design of every program and curriculum. I also appreciate how community is valued on Prairie campus. There is great emphasis on creating a safe place where people can know and be known, celebrate and be celebrated, support and be supported, and experience God together.
Why have you chosen to invest yourself in the school as a Board member?
With gratitude and excitement, I accepted the invitation to serve on the Board of Prairie College because of the great results I witnessed in my own daughter as a student, and because of the quality and caring spirit of the faculty, staff and Board members. I wanted to see my investment multiply and grow in influence. Then there is the more selfish motive of personal and spiritual growth that I anticipate from my relationship with other Board members and the college management team.
Is there one compelling message you would like to share with our alumni and friends?
The influence of Prairie students on Canada and the world is and has been significant, both today and in the past. They bring not only skill, knowledge and a willing spirit to an employer or ministry but also the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. There is no greater need in the world than the message of hope and salvation. If you’ve never been on campus or not for a long time, I encourage you to come and visit the school so you’ll be able to tell the Prairie story to prospective students. Consider making an investment in Prairie. You won’t be disappointed in the returns!