Being in service to others is at the
core of who I am. It’s how I was
raised, what I’ve spent my life doing,
& why I want to be your
City Councilor At-Large.
The second is Philotimo, which is considered to be the highest of all Greek virtues. The core concept is that of respect and walking in right paths. In its simplest form, the term means "doing good," acting in a way that ensures one's behavior is exemplary and demonstrates one's personality and the manner in which one was raised. Philotimo best describes the value that underpins my actions as I have worked to demonstrate how I was raised and honor the service my parents demonstrated in their actions.
I am fortunate to have spent a lot of time deployed in the military. I have served with the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Infantry Divisions; as well as the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions. During these assignments, I commanded two companies, a battalion, and a brigade. I am a veteran of both Iraq and Kosovo operations. Serving with soldiers in the field is an extraordinary honor and taught me the balance between the lesson that you must always lead from the front. There is no substitute for presence. And that a good leader is an equally good follower.
After brigade command in Europe, I worked as the Chief of Staff for the Chief Operating Officer of the Defense Logistics Agency in Washington. DLA is the Defense Departments supply chain organization responsible for the purchase and distribution of the full spectrum of materials used by all of the Services world-wide.
My final assignment was at Fort Leavenworth where I served as the Director of Academic Operations for the Command and General Staff College. In this role, I provided oversight of all aspects of the delivery of educational programs and support to 16,000 officers annually and provided oversight of professional development for the 300-member faculty. While there, I also ran the Army’s School for Command Preparation. The school provides final education for incoming battalion and brigade commanders. It is their last step before they ship out around the world to assume their key leadership positions. The responsibility of ensuring the success of our troops was never lost on me and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to assist our troops in that important step.
*Dean was a Colonel in the U.S. Army. Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Army or the Department of Defense.