Tell Us a Bit About Yourself, Including Your History in Westerville?
I’m originally from Wilmington Delaware and moved to Circleville, Ohio at 14. I attended The Ohio State University and Franklin University. I’m an ex-wrestler and former nightclub DJ at many of the top night clubs in the 80’s and early 90’s. I’ve been married for 27 years and have a son who is a freshman at Ohio University and a daughter who is a sophomore at Big Walnut High School. I opened the first office of Edward Jones Investments in Westerville in 1993. I’ve been in Uptown Westerville since then. I’ve served as president of WUMA and led the Uptown Review Board under the leadership of both Rich Kite and Bassam Batar. I’m a past president of Sertoma and The Rotary Club of Westerville. I’ve also been actively involved with the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce over the years.
If Someone Asks You "Why Westerville?", What Do You Say?
This answer has changed over the years. When my mom first came to visit in the early 90’s, I described Westerville as being like Mayberry. No sooner did I say that when officer Dick Foster walked by twirling his baton and looking to mark tires. Now I say Uptown Westerville is the envy of all the surrounding communities. It's a destination rather than quaint little Mayberry. The uniqueness of the shops, the variety of the restaurants and the variety of activities available across the city make it a great place to be.
What Are You Most Proud of or Excited for for Uptown Westerville Inc.?
I think Uptown Westerville inc is the continuation of things that were started long ago. From the old Uptown Merchants sidewalk sales and farmers market, to the development of the 941 and the coordination between the city and service clubs to hold citywide events, UWI consolidates, coordinates and executes many of these things. UWI has upped the quality and size of almost all of these things.
When You Think of Uptown Westerville, What Comes to Mind?
A clean, pleasant place to spend the day or build your business. Like an updated cooler version of Mayberry.
What's Your Favorite Thing About Uptown?
It's safe. It's clean. It's home.