Don brings a wide variety of experiences to this organization. Having worked in a variety of positions in the business world, in several industries; he has seen business from many perspectives. With a background in operations, logistics, revenue management, pricing etc in the corporate world; and experience wearing the myriad hats of a small business owner, he can relate to the issues that confront business owners and managers in today’s fast-paced environment.
In addition to his experience in business, he also understands the importance of being engaged in the local community as well. A member of the Leadership Henry Class of 2010, he has subsequently served on their Board of Directors. He chaired the Board of Directors that brought the first piece of public art to Henry County, the sculpture of Patrick Henry overlooking the square of the county seat in McDonough. Other prior community leadership roles include service as Chairman of the Shining Light Ministries board, President of the Stockbridge Business Association, and Vice-President of Henry Horizons board. The Board of Commissioners Chair appointee to the Henry First county non-profit, he also served with the One Henry Partnership For Success and the Henry Council for Quality Leadership Education (implementing the Leader In Me process in schools in our system). Don currently serves as Chairman of the Youth Leadership Henry and Our World at H.O.P.E. Park School boards of directors; as well as Treasurer for the Henry County Fuller Center for Housing, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. As an organist, on Sunday mornings you will find him on the organ or piano bench at Timberridge Presbyterian Church where, as an ordained Elder, he also preaches in their minister’s absence.
In local recognition for these kinds of efforts in our community, he is a recent recipient of the Community Service Award from the Andrew McBride chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Citizen of the Year award from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Part of his personal mission is education of the next generation. Selling his business in 2003, he began teaching business (and Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy among others) in the local school system’s alternative school, and also teaches Entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at Southern Crescent Technical College. A life-long learner himself, he also has recently completed his Six Sigma Black Belt certification at Clayton State University, and Paralegal certification through the University of Georgia.
When he’s not trying to save the world, you can usually find Don at home with his amazing wife Cindy. They love cooking, cleaning, hanging out, pretty much everything together; especially being with their two terriers, Gus and Vinny.