PROUDLY SERVING FREDERICK COUNTY FOR OVER 25 YEARS
As a Veteran U.S. Army captain, I understand the importance of patriotism, discipline, hard work, service, and sacrifice. These are core values that are a natural part of my character. I have lived in Frederick County for 30 years; however, I was raised in an impoverished community in Norfolk, Virginia where one Thanksgiving day dinner menu consisted of a bowl of grits as that was the only food my single mother of five children could afford. My mother, good mentors and an exceptional teacher inspired me to dream and strive for a better life.
OVER 25 YEARS OF EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE
Executive director of public affairs for Frederick County Public Schools
Director of Wireless Systems for M.C. Dean
Executive Director of Wireless Systems for Telnet, Inc.
President/CEO and founder of Acela Technologies, Inc.
Vice President of Finance for Integrated Communication Solutions, Inc. (ICS)
Vice President of Finance for Computer Technologies Services, Inc. (CTS)
Director of Finance and Accounting for Jupiter Corporation
Captain, U.S. Army
SERVANT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Frederick County’s Chamber of Commerce
Frederick Health Hospital
Board of Education of Frederick County
Eliminating Achievement Gaps, Inc. (EAG)
UNESCO Center for World Peace
Hood College Board of Associates
2005 – Entrepreneur of the Year for Frederick County by the Maryland Technology Council
2006 – State of Maryland’s “Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises"
2009 – Frederick Magazine’s “People to Watch 2009”
2010 – Frederick County’s Department of Business and Economic Development Office “Creative Firm of the Year”
2005 & 2011 – Maryland Business Gazette’s the “Top 25 CEO’s you need to know”
2012 – Maryland Tech Council’s “Executive of the Year”
2014 – 5 State Region “Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises”
2005 - 2014 – Presidential, Congressional, State and Local Awards for Community Service.
PHOTO CREDIT: SAM YU, FREDERICK NEWS POST (2015)
ONE FREDERICK UNITED IN PURSUING PROSPERITY FOR ALL
Frederick County has been my home since 1992. I moved from Gaithersburg, Maryland because my search for a great place to raise my family ended in Frederick County. During my research, I learned that Frederick County Public Schools offered a high quality education; there were plenty of playgrounds and parks for my children and the community was fairly safe. I met many great people who are still my friends today. My children have all graduated from high school and some from college. They are all independent adults, contributing to our nation and community.
As mentioned in my Bio, I once started and owned a company in Frederick County for 15 years. My experience as the President of Acela best describes the meaning of my campaign’s mission statement, “One Frederick, United in the Pursuit of Prosperity for All.” I hired a diverse team of engineers, technicians, administrators, managers and sales staff. Many hires were from Frederick, while others came to Acela from various universities across the country. To this day, we stay in contact and reminisce about our days at Acela Technologies. We smile as we talk about the office environment and how everyone got along and supported each other. Our Acela family included people of various race, nationality, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, education, level of experience and language. The employees were fairly compensated, trained, supported, respected and received excellent healthcare.
As a result of the unity, respect, genuine care and support for one another, combined with pride in performing quality work, Acela Technologies became a highly successful and widely respected company in the wireless industry. What is most impressive is that each of the employees of Acela had an opportunity to pursue prosperity. Since closing the business, all have found new employers and are achieving great success in their respective careers; however, many have shared with me how they long for the old Acela days.
The mission of our campaign is to lead Frederick County with the same level of passion, care and concern under my servant style leadership at Acela. I believe a group environment is heavily influenced by the leader and is further affected by the managers supporting the leader. I believe this is true for a business, community and even a nation. I want to lead Frederick County in showing others how a community, all in unity can work together to ensure equity and prosperity for our residents today and into the future. Community/Unity/Prosperity