About Me

Thank you for your interest in Davidson!

I have been one of your five Town Commissioners since 2011.  It has been an honor to serve you these past 6 years, and I hope to receive one of your votes on November 7th and continue my service to Davidson.

A bit about me:  We have lived in Davidson since 2005, and prior to that lived in the Lake Norman region since 1996 (I also lived here for 2 years in the early 1990s when I worked for General Electric, so I’m one of the few people who lived here before there was an exit 25 or a Birkdale!).  When we first moved to Davidson, we built a home in the St. Alban’s Neighborhood where we lived until 2012.  We now live on James Alexander Way, a road of 7 houses near Walnut Street that I built and named in honor of the former lay leader at the Davidson United Methodist Church which we’ve attended for 20 years.

My wife Melissa and I were married in 1998.  We have a son Marshall who was born in 2001, and a daughter Emma Claire who was born in 2004.  Both of our children have been public school students their entire lives, having first attended Davidson Elementary School and now attending Hough High School and Bailey Middle School.

I was born in West Virginia, and then moved to Tucson, Arizona as a young child.  Both West Virginia and Arizona taught me to love nature.  Particularly in Arizona, many of my weekends growing up were spent hiking and backpacking in the mountains.

I graduated from West Virginia University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree, then graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1987 with a Master’s degree.  Professionally, I worked for the General Electric company for 11 years in a variety of individual contributor and management positions, and then worked for KPMG Consulting for 4 years before leaving to start my own company.

In 2002 my wife Melissa and I started John Marshall Custom Homes, a custom home building company which we named after our son.  Over the past 15 years we’ve experienced the highs and lows of being small business owners, particularly in a business that has its ups and downs economically.  But at the end of each day, we can point with pride to something we’ve created, something that was not possible when I was in the corporate world.  Our homes are Energy Star certified, and over 20 of our homes have received LEED certification, more than any other private builder in North Carolina.  So, I’ve been able to marry some of my personal values with my business by creating homes and neighborhoods that promote efficiency and walkability.

For the past several years I have been on the Board of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, and for 2 years served as the president of this fine non-profit organization.  While a member of this organization I started a group called ‘Trees Davidson’ which has continued to be active in tree planting efforts in Davidson.

As a parent of two teenagers, small business owner, and a public servant, there is frequently not much time left in the day for other pursuits.  When there is, I primarily enjoy being with my family, or doing something outside such as running or hiking.

Thank you again for your interest in the Town of Davidson, and I ask for one of your votes on November 7th!


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