Mesquite City Council – Seat 4
Growing Our Community Together
While many Mesquite residents know me as a Cashier at your local Smith’s market, I want to share with you my background and what I bring to the table as candidate for Mesquite City Council.
I have no financial or business dealings in my current employment that would hinder my ability to make fair and impartial decisions that affect our city. I want to work for you!
My wife, Bonnie, and our three Chihuahua’s relocated to Mesquite over eight years ago from Southern California. In Los Angeles and Mission Viejo I worked in the Film Industry for 13 years, my last position was with 20th Century Fox handling motion picture sales to theatres in the West. I spent the majority of my career with Bowtie, Inc starting as a Regional Sales Manager for the book and magazine publisher (pet related, most notable recognizable, Cat Fancy, Bird Talk magazine), and after years in the field I was promoted to Vice President. When the publisher decided to start a new off-shoot company to handle the distribution and merchandising of the Bowtie product lines and other pet product manufacturers, I took on the challenge and was named President of Global Distribution Services. In all, I spent 20 years with the organization. I was responsible for the sales/marketing, budget/finance, and field force of over 400 reports, including 8 Regional Sales Managers, 8 Field Supervisors and hundreds of sales/merchandisers throughout the United States and Canada. I believe my background provides me with a solid base to handle the responsibilities of being on the City Council
Bonnie and I moved to Mesquite believing we had found the perfect location to settle into retirement.
The community has the amenities of small city but the warm, friendly aspects of a rural town. I spent a little over a year working with the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce to unite and benefit members of the local business community. I learned about the many challenges local businesses face through interactions with owners, managers and employees. Through my current position with Smith’s Food & Drug I have had the opportunity to deal with not only our local citizens but our Mesquite visitors as well. They are quick to open up and express their likes and dislikes with our city. I found that one of the keys to being a good manager is to be a good listener. Every voice is important and every voice deserves to be heard. Together we can make Mesquite and even better place to live, work and play.
Mesquite continues to grow, but with growth comes challenges. As new businesses like the Rising Star and Deep Roots Harvest expand, the need for a larger labor pool increases. Business development at the 118 Exit will but further exacerbate the need for qualified workers. Many existing businesses already are having difficulties filling and retaining employees/management. One of the key factors cited for this dilemma is the lack of affordable housing. Building only luxury homes is not the key to maintaining our continued positive growth. Affordable housing is already an issue but it will be a major factor in our future development as a community. Your Council must be ready to address this issue.
It is a given that living in a desert community, water is a critical element. While additional business and housing continue to consume the water supply, existing citizens are starting to question whether there will be affordable water available every time they turn on the tap. The golf courses, are seeing large scale increases in water costs to maintain their properties, which dramatically effects their bottom line. The negative impact of any of our golf courses going under would have a dramatic effect to our tourism and the community as a whole. We need to be proactive to ensure our future and your City Council cannot just sit on the sidelines. Let us work together to protect our future.
Sports tourism has produced great results for our community. While Mesquite has long been known as a golf Mecca, the expansion of team sports coming to our city has risen exponentially. The need for more playing fields/facilities grows. Bonds to pay for this growth can come with a 20 year liability for the city. The City Council needs to carefully weigh all options before locking up our future.
Eco-tourism has the ability to bring many more visitors to our city. Mesquite is sometimes referred to as the gateway to the National Parks of Utah. Friends of Gold Butte have long been shouting the praises of our local treasure for hikers and nature lovers. There are local groups concerned with the Southern Nevada Milkweed Project to aid in creating a environment to help preserve the Monarch butterfly on their annual journey from North America to Mexico. Interest in Mesquite continues to grow by naturalists. We need to begin to address the needs of these groups to add another positive aspect to our community and the growth it can generate.
Please support me in my quest to be YOUR City Council voice.