could be anywhere right now, including retired, what keeps
you at Commodore?
I was absolutely bored with retirement. Just because I was
fortunate enough to retire, didnít mean I was old enough to.
It was becoming painfully obvious to me that I still needed
something worthwhile to occupy my timeÖand I actually still
consider myself semi-retired because Iím only working five
days a week. What compels me at Commodore is the variety of
projects and the day-to-day interaction with all of the
younger employees here. Every day is different. Every
project represents unique challenges. I enjoy working with
people on an individual basis, rather than the 2,500 people
Iíd see every day at the recreation center. Itís the
relationship end of the business that I like. Construction
is very different from the recreation business, but people
are the same. They want you to keep your word and follow
through. Thatís what the warranty program is all about.
raised a family. Youíre on your second career and youíve
been active in community service. What accomplishments in
your life are you most proud of?
Iím most proud of my family, my wife and my three children.
Iíve also enjoyed my work on the board of directors of GWARC
Ė a non-profit organization that houses, trains and educates
people with physical handicaps and special needs. I was on
the board for fifteen years and for my last three I was the
are your favorite things to do when you have free time?
I have a few hobbies. Golf is top on my list. Iím a member
of a wine co-op. In a good year we average about fifteen
hundred bottlesÖthatís bottling, not drinking. And I also
like to cook.
your best recipe?
I donít have recipes. For one thing, thereíd be thousands.
But mainly, cooking is trial and error. I never make
something the same way twice. Foodís like lifeÖwhy repeat
the same experience or the same recipe twice? Everything
evolves. I donít get people who go back to the same place
for vacation every year. I feel the same about cooking. I
donít ever try to make the same thing happen twice.
you advise your children to balance their careers and
In my first career running the Wal-Lex, I had to schedule
myself to come home for two hours every afternoon, so I was
there when they got home from school. In business itís so
easy to get carried away with day-to-day operations and not
make time for family. Childrenís voices arenít as loud as
customersíÖthey donít make the same demands on you. So, if
you donít make sure to have some type of daily contact with
them, you miss a part of your life that you never get back.
havenít you done in your life that youíd like to do?
are three things on my list. One of them is to rent a Harley
in Miami and drive to Key West. Iíd like to go to Italy
during the grape harvest and work at the vineyard Ė Iíd like
to do it to see the whole process. And Iíd like to meet my
granddaughter. Sheís due in August, so I donít have much
longer to wait.
there one life experience in particular you canít wait to
tell your first grandchild?
Iím not a storyteller. Iíd rather tell her a jokeÖand lead
by example. But right now, Iím just looking forward to our
first meeting. A good joke-teller has to know his audience.