1. Tell us about yourself.
I have been involved in professional selling and sales management for nearly 40 years, primarily in heavy industrial products and metal castings. My career has taken me to nearly all fifty states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries. I have been married for 47 years and have a son, a daughter and four grandchildren. My wife and I have lived here in the Charlotte community for 33 years.
2. What made you decide to go through our Excellence in Speaking Institute and how do you feel it impacted you?
I was asked by the association representing our industry to participate at the executive level and serve as President of the American Foundry Society. Because there were numerous speaking opportunities and board meetings to conduct, I wanted to be better prepared when required to present. Ty Boyd has such a wonderful reputation and Charlotte Pipe has given many of its employees the opportunity to go through the program, so I decided that I would like to take the course. The Excellence in Speaking course helped to improve my ability to collect and organize my thoughts and present them in the most professional manner possible. ESI really boosted my confidence and helped to diminish my anxiety when speaking in public. The great thing about the program is it helps improve your ability to communicate effectively in all aspects of life, whether personal or business.
3. What are you passionate about and what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I have been blessed with opportunities and have been fortunate to “love” my job throughout my career – I am passionate about professional selling! I like to woodwork and golf, but a good book and a beach chair in the Caribbean is top of the list.