Number of years in position: 10 Months
Family: Wife, Satonia; son, Brentson; and daughter, Skylar
Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: First, I love the energy associated with airports and aviation and the variety that each day brings. Second, I love helping people. Thus, the customer service component of airports. Third, being in a leadership role, I am cognizant of the opportunity and responsibility to serve and help others.
Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: I am new to the CSRA and have yet to adopt any local charitities. However, I have been a consistent contributor to United Way, faith establishments and many other national organizations. The last several years I have also randomly selected a family in need and provided financial support, food or gifts during the holiday season.
Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: I recently relocated here from Charlotte and worked for the Charlotte-Douglas Airport. Making the decision to leave my previous job and city was difficult. To be honest, I was very comfortable and established in my role, and had lived in the city for more than 25 years. Taking the leap of faith to accept my current job, move to a new region and uproot my family was a significant step. I can recall a former coworker telling me to approach each change in life as a “new adventure” and seize all of the challenge, excitement and novelty that each new season of your life/career brings. She was correct. I have transitioned very well and am extremely happy I decided to move to this region. I have never looked back and am “all in” in terms of wanting to be a key leader to help enhance the quality of life and business within the CSRA.
Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Serving as a military commander during a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Despite many tough challenges and numerous combat missions, I was able to accomplish the mission and return all of my men and women back home to their families.
Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: I don’t have any specific things I do on Saturday afternoons. I am constatntly working around the home or, at times, attending family events. Many Saturdays I will participate in a running event or exercise in the mornings. When in season, I typically will watch a college basketball game on Saturday afternoons.
Favorite TV Show: “The Practice” (former show)
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Sports Team: University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball
Favorite Comfort Food: My mother is from Louisiana. I love traditional Cajun foods such as gumbo and other Louisiana/Southern-themed cooking.
Favorite App: ESPN
Last Book Read: Turbulence Before Takeoff by Flint Whitlock
Dream Vacation: I would like to take a trip to Israel and do a Holy Land tour. I would love to see all of the places where Jesus and many other biblical figures lived. I could only imagine the feelings of awe and all the other myriad of emotions one would experience.
Something That Has Changed My Life: Becoming a father. I had my first child in my late 30s and have never taken for granted the miraculous experience and privilege of being a parent. My mother was, and still is, such a great role model in terms of conveying kindness, unconditional love and selflessness as a parent. I try my best to follow her example.
Best Thing I Ever Learned: To listen more and talk less. Listening has become somewhat of a lost art. It seems as though everyone is trying to talk over one another or attempting to be the most dominant voice in the room. As a leader, I think listening is important not only for greater comprehension of issues but also to catch the fine details and to convey humility and empathy.
Favorite Hobbies: Deep and insightful conversation
Secret Aspiration: If I wasn’t doing what I do, I think I could have excelled in the music industry. I have no talent in terms of performing, but I do have a natural connection and comprehension to all types of music. I may have had a propensity for one of the “behind the scenes” roles such as management, production, writing, etc.
Reality Show I Would Totally Win: I think I would be good at “Jeopardy.” When I was a child I used to read encyclopedias for hours, read lots of nonfiction books and watch documentaries and news. I tend to know a lot of facts and figures that are useless in most contexts.
Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I have traveled to more than 30 countries in my lifetime.