My wife and I have lived in New Canaan since 1991. Our two children were raised here. Over the years, we have enjoyed this stellar community and have participated in many activities.
Perhaps my most well-known contribution to the New Canaan community was serving as Chairman of the Parking Commission from 2000 to 2021. Since then I have been serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Currently I am serving as president of the Poinsettia Club and was one of the four men who led the charge to have women admitted into that organization. I was the 2020-2021 President of the New Canaan Men’s Club (formerly the “Senior Men’s Club”) through the Covid crisis.
The New Canaan Exchange Club is the local chapter of the national service club that I joined in 1992 and served as Program Chairman, later as President, and now am Program Chairman again. You may have seen me handing out flags on Memorial Day or serving drinks in Waveny Park at the Family Fourth. If you have purchased a Christmas tree from us, you have probably seen me along with other members of the club working in Kiwanis Park.
I am a 30-year member of the Grid Iron Club and an occasional writer and performer. As avid dancers, my wife and I served as Treasurer and President of the New Canaan Dance Club during that club’s heyday. I’ve organized the annual Rich-Mich Softball Game for the last 25 years.
Professionally, I am a lawyer and, before retiring in 2018, specialized in international tax law. I got a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Southern California; went to the University of Texas at Austin for law school, and later got an LLM (Master of Laws) in Tax Law from New York University. My job experience includes the law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Exxon, Mobil, Citibank, Xerox, ITT, then ITT’s spinoff, Xylem Inc. with increasing levels of responsibility and running the international tax planning function for the last three companies. Consequently, I am comfortable with doing research, understanding complicated rules and structures and advising on financial implications.
I have been a Republican my entire life.
Thus, you have in me an acknowledged leader in town government itself as well as in multiple organizations across town coupled with legal and finance knowledge and experience. Always working with and within each organization, I do deep research on each issue as one would expect of a lawyer but I am always an independent thinker. This combination makes me a uniquely qualified candidate for Town Council inasmuch as it is New Canaan’s legislative body and its other chief responsibility is to review and approve or disapprove of all appropriations.
Giving back to my community is a very important to me and, with your support, I hope to continue to help make New Canaan be the very best it can be. It would be a distinct honor to be elected to the New Canaan Town Council.
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