- Graduate of Bolles High School
- Graduate of Florida Junior College
- Graduate of Jacksonville University (triple major, with honors)
- Former owner/licensed franchise of Hickory Farms for the Jacksonville area (37 years)
- Part-Time Executive Director of Scenic America – Florida Chapter, Inc.
- Owner of Hickory Creek Jerky Company
- Served on the Jacksonville City Council, 1991-1999; 2008 – Present
- Vice President of the City Council, 1997-98, 2016-17
- Chairman of the Jacksonville Tree Commission (2018 – Present)
- Chairman of the Special Committee on the Potential Sale of JEA
- Chairman of the St. Johns River Ferry Commission (for 3 years)
- Chairman of the Value Adjustment Board (for 8 years)
- Chairman of the Finance Committee
- Chairman of the Land Use and Zoning Committee (for 3 years)
- Chairman of the Jacksonville Waterways Commission (for 3 years)
- Chairman of the Public Health and Safety Committee (for 2 years)
- Chairman of the Recreation and Community Development Committee
- Chairman of the Public Services, Transportation and Utilities Committee
- Jacksonville Humane Society Advisory Board of Directors – Member
- Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Board of Directors – Member
- Tree Hill Nature Center Advisory Board of Directors – Member
- Citizens for Tree Preservation, Inc. – President and Founder
City Council Achievements
- Authored and championed the 2018 voter referendum that gave citizens the final say about any future sale of JEA.
- Fought to expand the powers of the Inspector General to include Jacksonville’s independent authorities and Constitutional offices.
- Fought against repeated attempts by some of his colleagues to undo term limits for City Council members.
- Saved the St. Johns River Ferry from being mothballed
- Blew the whistle on the mismanagement of the city’s Loblolly wetlands mitigation bank (case pending in Circuit Court)
- Fought against multiple unnecessary property tax hikes.
- Worked tirelessly on initiatives to improve our quality of life in Jacksonville through anti-litter and visual pollution initiatives.
- Fought to challenge the validity of a special pension plan created for three employees of the Police and Fire Pension Fund (case pending in Circuit Court)
- Championed the overhaul of the city’s Public Service Grants process
- Chaired the special committee that rewrote the city’s public investment (economic development) policies
- Led the fight against the City’s controversial $740 million no-bid landfill contract.
- Charles E. Bennett Champion of the Environment Award-2018
- Charles D. Webb Award (for City Council member demonstrating outstanding commitment to public service)-1999, 2014, 2017
- Mary Singleton Award (for outstanding City Council committee chair)-2013
- U.S. Term Limits, Champion of Term Limits Award-2017
- Friends of the Murray Hill Library, Library Hero Award-2016
- Northside Business Leaders, Elected Official of the Year Award-2013
- Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Elected Official of the Year Award-2010
- JaxPride Leadership Award-2001
- Jacksonville Humane Society, Humane Legislator Award-1999
- Duval County Cooperative Extension Service, Friend of Extension Award-1997
- Wall Street Journal Award for Scholastic Achievement-1981
- Eagle Scout (1971 – age 13)