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2017 Board of Directors Candidate Statements

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Meet the Candidates

Wednesday, January 11 at 7 PM

LCA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 14 at 8 PM

All Lakes homeowners are encouraged to attend Meet the Candidates and the LCA Annual Meeting.

2017 Lakes Community Association Annual Meeting

The LCA Board of Directors election is currently in progress. Ballots will be sent to all Lakes homeowners the week of January 9. If you do not receive your ballot by the end of the week, call or visit the LCA office to arrange for a ballot. The LCA office phone is 480.838.1023.

Read each of the candidates' statements by clicking their pictures on the left.

Election results will be announced at the LCA Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 14 at 8 PM in The Lakes Beach and Tennis Club. The election of Board officers follows immediately.

Ballots Must Be Mailed

The Lakes Board of Directors has chosen a local law firm experienced in HOA law, Vial Fotheringham, to conduct the election. Your ballot is to be mailed directly to the election handlers in the pre-addressed envelope provided with the ballot. The ballot should be placed in the mail no later than February 6 to ensure that the ballot will be delivered to the election handlers no later than February 14.

You may not deliver your ballot to the LCA office at any time prior to the LCA Annual Meeting on February 14. You must mail your ballot to the address on the ballot.

However, you may hand carry your ballot to the LCA Annual Meeting on the night of Tuesday, February 14 per LCA By-Laws and Arizona Revised Statutes 33-1812. ID will be required to hand carry your ballot to the Annual Meeting.

All Lakes homeowners are encouraged to attend the Lakes Community Association Annual Meeting.

I have lived in The Lakes with my wife Suzanne for over 20 years, and we have three beautiful girls who have grown up here. Since moving here in 1996, our family has been active in the community, from participating in community events and activities, to spending time at the clubhouse, to serving on committees. I also served on The Lakes Board of Directors from 2007-2010, acting as Vice President, chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and liaison to the Architectural Committee. I have enjoyed getting to know my neighbors, and our family has always been committed to helping maintain and improve this community we love so much.

My educational background includes a BS in Planning from ASU and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. My professional background includes 8 years with the City of Phoenix as a City Planner in land development and transportation. For the past 13 years I have been working as a consultant for a land planning, entitlements and landscape architecture firm in Tempe where I currently serve as Director of Land Planning and Entitlements.

I am running for the Board for three primary reasons: 1) many of my neighbors and friends have asked that I consider serving on our Board for a second term; 2) I believe it is my responsibility to serve the community in which I live; 3) my professional background and experience align well with the skill sets required to serve on the Board. As a Board member, I will listen to the residents of our community, take a practical approach to decision-making, and work hard to ensure The Lakes continues to thrive as a premier master planned community with a superior quality of life.

My wife, Denise, and I purchased our home in the Lakes in 2007 and have been happier about the purchase each year we have lived here. We immediately appreciated the amenities of the Lakes and the community atmosphere. After we had our son Cole in 2009, we became acquainted with more parents in the neighborhood through the swim team. We also met additional neighbors through Lakes events and have developed amazing friendships within the community. This is most evident when you see that a majority of our weekends are spent with people that live within a mile of our house.

As someone who has enjoyed living in the Lakes for almost a decade, I feel it’s time for me to contribute to the longstanding success of the community by running for the board. We have had tremendous leadership at the Lakes and my goal is to try to follow in those footsteps. While I have not been a committee member previously, my wife is on the activities committee and I have assisted with a number of events. My professional background is as a wealth advisor for Abbot Downing (Wells Fargo business) where I have worked for 15 years (Education: undergrad in finance and MBA from ASU). My charitable interests include being Co-Chair of the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (Co-Chair 1 year / Board Member since 2011).

If elected to the board, I will work with the Board, Lakes staff and the community to maintain the high standards of the Lakes and continue the prudent use of homeowner’s funds. I understand we live in a special place and, if elected, I look forward to contributing to the bright future that has been provided by those that have volunteered previously.

My wife Kelly and I love living in The Lakes. It is truly our dream neighborhood. We moved into the Lakes in 2006 and have grown even fonder of the neighborhood over time. Our children both attend the local school, Rover Elementary. We love taking walks and bike rides around our beautiful and lush green neighborhood. We love living in a neighborhood filled with amazing and friendly neighbors. As Arizona natives we are quite certain that we have found the very best neighborhood in Arizona!

I am a local Tempe business owner. My company has been successfully completing heavy civil construction projects for 25 years. In addition I have owned and managed several commercial properties. This experience as a business owner and investor has given me a diverse background that has included involvement in contracts, construction project management, job costing, overhead management, financials, HR, insurance, property management, and more. Many of the challenges of running our organization are extremely similar to those facing an HOA like The Lakes. Properly budgeting for upcoming projects and responsible management of finances is essential to the success of both organizations.

If elected to the board my priorities would be to maintain and improve the existing assets and infrastructure of The Lakes while managing The Lakes finances in a fiscally responsible way. I feel that previous Lakes HOA volunteers and Managers have done a wonderful job developing and maintaining this wonderful neighborhood and would like to do my part to continue that excellent tradition.