Whirlwind career following graduating from Auburn University in 1978. Hospitality management (mostly food and beverage) in order ;Montgomery AL, Albany GA, Fort Lauderdale FL, Myrtle Beach SC, Charleston SC, Birmingham AL, Ozark AL, Albany GA, Guntersville AL, Gulf Shores AL, the small town with a big beach.
The hotel I moved here to manage in 1991 was demolished in 2003 to make room for a pair of high rise Condominium towers so I was pushed into real estate management; now just a Realtor with Realty Executives Gulf Coast. In 2000 a group of friends talked me into running for City Council of Gulf Shores and now serving my fifth term.
It is quite humbling for voters to place their trust in you for that many years; it's great serving a small town where elected folk can actually make a difference unlike the national level.
Quiet and shy mostly; thoroughly enjoyed ROTC for three years and Drill Team with a great group of guys like Willie Harris, William Hamilton, Rob Russell, Tony Denson, Glen and Wayne Suits, Brian Donnelly, David Singley, Pat Connor, Jesse Wright, Marcus Jones, and many more.
Senior year I was caught twice. I drove my car down the stairs between the parking lot and the gym and was turned in. After being summoned to the principals office, Assistant Principal Mr. Harrison simply asked me "why?". I think my answer was, "there wasn't anything else to do". He told me he knew where I lived and to drive my car home and walk back. I went home at lunch to get my car and bring it back to the Sears parking lot. When I was returning through the parking lot, of course here came Mr. Harrison. He said to me. " Mr.Jones, this just isn't your day is it?". Second time that day I got "the board".
It's great to hear from former classmates like Craig Kenmore who can still recite a few lines in old English from the Canterbury Tales along with me.