Currently serves as ILAC’s Chair of its Advisory Board since 2019 and previously served as Vice-Chair (2015-2019). He has attended every ILAC since 2002.
Which leadership program did you complete? Pennsylvania RULE Program (Rural Urban Leadership)
Class Number? VII
What year(s) did you participate? 1998-1999 (2-year 10-Study Institutes with no international trips)
What did you gain personally from your experience? It added confidence to my existing management style and the wealth of knowledge was unmeasurable, during that time. It provided life-long leadership learning opportunities with statewide exposure. Plus, a continual connectivity bond with an array of folks. Otherwise, it was life-changing. Plus, it fueled my interest in continual learning and engaging in ILAC (International Leadership Alumni Conference).
Favorite memory of the program? It’s lasting networking of statewide individuals at all levels and connections to many organizations. Like they say, it’s who you know! Never burn any bridges!
Profession? Retired from York County government in 2009 (1994-2009) as Executive Director of Parks and Natural Resources and earlier as General Manager of a local retail/wholesale agri-business (1974-1994). Then worked part-time as a USDA NASS field enumerator (2011-2017).
Hobbies? Traveling - worldwide / Serving as Property Team chair at Codorus Church, since 2016 / Travelled to every ILAC with wife (Ruth Ann) since 2002 to date / Caregiver to his live-in Father since buying the family farm in 2006, who is 98 years old (DOB 9/3/2020 – DOD 1/22/2021) / Serving on other community organizations (Leadership York, York County APWA, York Fair Life Member / Volunteering at local Wellspan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital / joined the York County Agricultural Society as a Board Member, Dec. 2020, overseeing the nation’s oldest Fair in America / reside on an 18-acre farm in south-central PA with wife Ruth Ann.
What would you tell someone new about ILAC? Once you are connected to ILAC, you are hooked! Lasting memories of special people and special places normally unknown on the tourist trek of places to visit. Special connections maintained over the years, thereby, providing refreshment of one’s daily tasks. Plus, you can include your significant other and extend your conference visitation and see the local economies.
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