I was born in 1946 to a career Navy Pilot from New Jersey and an Art Major from Berkley California and spent the first 16 years of my life traveling all over North and South America with 3 years spent in Hawaii. By the time I entered high school in South Louisiana I finally had a real place to call home. After a very successful football high school career and graduating 3rd in my class I accepted a football scholarship to Tulane University where I met the love of my life, Frances Hays Toulon, who grew up in Apalachicola, Fl.
We both graduated in 1968, Frances with a Math Degree and me with a Liberal Arts Degree in Civil War History and Graduate Level Shakespeare. I spent the majority of my early career in the manufacturing field in Louisiana and moved to Tallahassee with our son and daughter to begin a commercial banking career in 1979.
In 1981 I bought the first personal computer for the Capital City Bank Group and got hooked on applying personal computing to the processes of desktop and office automation. After 6 years with the Capital City Bank Group I spent 5 years with Barnett Bank as an office manager. During my tenure as the office manager we were able to evolve an 8 million dollar deposit base into a 16 million dollar deposit base that continually exceeded budget expectation. I also spent three years on the Desktop Automation Committee for all Barnett banks statewide. I received my Graduate Degree in Banking from Louisiana State University in 1990.
My interest in computers, my experience in the banking world and my systems design and process improvement education and background brought me to the State Treasury in early 1990 to re-engineer the computer processes for the Treasury business functions. In 1991 we deployed the first division wide network and began moving the outdated Treasury’s strategic application processes off the mainframe onto a client-server environment. In 1994 the Treasurer moved me into the Office of Information Services to manage the Business Analyst Section for the entire agency.
As a part of our agency’s commitment to continuous improvement, I completed the Certified Public Management Program and became a Florida Governor’s Sterling Examiner in 1998 to help develop an agency improvement plan based on the Sterling Management Methodology.
In February 2000, I returned to the Treasury and assumed the responsibilities of Chief of the Bureau of Collateral Management with a focus on redesigning the collateral administration programs. During my 13 year tenure I was responsible for the approximately $26 billion dollars in public assets assigned to the bureau in public deposits for the State of Florida.
I retired in February 2012 and became a full time grandparent (and taxi driver) for our 4 beautiful grandchildren all of which live in Tallahassee. I became involved with JFLW, Inc when our daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and am excited to serve as Secretary for the board.