CONSIDERING, he officially retired for ExxonMobil last year, and has since spent much of his free time volunteering for various organizations throughout the Capital Region. “I don’t hunt. I don’t fish. I don’t play golf. Volunteering is what I do, and I love it.”
CONSIDERING, he has a long history of being actively involved in the organizations around him. Starting with leadership roles in high school, he has gladly jumped in with two feet to help when called to serve. “Volunteering allows you to meet people who you would have never met otherwise. I love to be with people. I enjoy helping others.”
CONSIDERING, his community accolades are numerous. He was awarded the AFP Outstanding Fundraiser Award, the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award, the Arts Council Service Award and the Volunteer Activist Award among others.
CONSIDERING, his meetings list is long. Very long. He is currently involved with the LSU Swine Palace Board, LSU’s University College Advisory Board, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Capital Area United Way, Boys Hope Girls Hope Advisory Board, Junior League Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, and the Salvation Army Board, among others.
CONSIDERING, he has a special knack for fundraising. He is co-chairing the Cancer Services Annual Fund Drive this year. He has chaired the Friends of Scouting Community Campaign, the St. Joseph’s Academy Parents’ Challenge Drive and the St. Jude School Fund Drive. He co-chaired the LPB Louisiana Legends Gala and has served on-air for many LPB pledge drives. He worked on the capital campaign for the Speech and Hearing Foundation and is currently serving on the capital campaign for the Baton Rouge Zoo. “Everything that I’ve been involved with puts me in touch with new people every time. We help each other. We find opportunities to get involved in new ways.”
CONSIDERING, that even though he grew up in St. Louis, Mo., he has a passion for Baton Rouge. He has lived here since 1975 and finds it to be the perfect size for volunteer efforts. “Baton Rouge is so welcoming, and the people are inclusive. If you want to get involved, it’s easy to do so. And although people complain about the traffic, it’s really not that hard to get around town when going from meeting to meeting.”
CONSIDERING, he has been married to Susan for 37 years and has five children and two grandchildren. He was very involved with his children’s schools over the years, including serving in leadership roles at Catholic High and St. Joseph’s Academy.
CONSIDERING, he counts his first true volunteer effort—serving as Eucharistic minister for his church—as one of his favorites. He has been doing it for decades. “It’s a very humbling experience to give Communion to others, especially the homebound.”
CONSIDERING, he is an inspiration to all. “Everyone I know is involved with helping others. I just want to do my part to make this city a great place to live and raise a family.”