Candidate Questionnaire for the
County of Lancaster Pennsylvania
Government Study Commission
(July 24, 2006)
PLEASE READ THE CANDIDATE SELECTION CRITERIA AS PUT FORTH BY THE LANCASTER COUNTY CITIZENS FOR GOVERNMENT STUDY (available on our website at www.lccgs.org, under the “Candidates’ Information” tab).
IN A PARAGRAPH, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION?
I am very interested in being part of a solution to restore credibility, honesty and integrity to local government; which would result in a better Lancaster County for all. For the past 19 years I have been studying and evaluating the merits of local government and how it effects the community-at-large; due in large part to an experience that required me to do the same. I have a unique perspective on how the ill effects of disingenuous decisions escalate to the point where our current Commissioners become marred in controversy and legal problems muting their credibility, trust and performance. Whether a restructure of our current system is the answer remains to be seen. My belief is that corruption and cronyism plays a vital role to the problems that confront us.
A restructuring must incorporate a system of checks and balances to improve the sense of governance that now is at an all time low for this county. There must be cooperation between city and county government that places the priority of “greater good” to all leaders and politicians in making decisions that affect all Lancastrians. The Lancaster Convention Center project is a prime example of what can happen when this is not the case. There is no excuse why the revitalization of downtown Lancaster is stalled. Although you can take a survey of individual projects that have surpassed initial expectations; the Clipper Stadium, Liberty Street Commons, James Street District, etc,. There lacks a clear and decisive synergy that leads one to question when we will see the thriving Downtown of yesterday. Most of the pieces seem to be in place, but a lack of vision and leadership is stalling a real revitalization that is deserving of all Lancastrians. Cooperation and synergy is the missing ingredient in my opinion. I am hopeful that a restructuring or the evaluation of the merits of a restructuring will provide some insights to that problem.
OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, PLEASE CHECK ALL THAT APPLY TO YOUR BACKGROUND:
Legal; Financial; Community Advocate; Social Service; Business; Real Estate; Construction
HOW HAS ALL THAT WAS CHECKED ABOVE PREPARED YOU TO SERVE ON THE GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION?:
I posses a diverse background that demonstrates a unique experience to evaluate and develop strategic and tactical planning to a wide variety of problems. I am an expert in technologies and have used that expertise to provide consulting to a wide variety of clients throughout the United States and beyond. I have been involved with analyzing and developing solutions to a host of problems that are similar to this initiative. I have founded organizations and served on boards that demonstrate leadership skills.
I was one of the founders of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Financial Planners and served ccordingly; as well as Financial Management Group, Ltd., Advanced Media Group (a former affiliate of the High Group of Companies), and Global Entertainment Group. I am also very active with Tom’s Project Hope. All can be seen at the website www.amgglobalentertainmentgroup.com .
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS, ASSETS AND/OR PHILOSOPHIES TOWARD WORKING WITH A DIVERSE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS TOWARD A COMMON GOAL?
I readily acknowledge that a spirit of cooperation is vital to an initiative with the scope of mission that you are initiating. I have always had the firm belief that disagreements are necessary to reach a consensus that will ultimately lead to a viable solution. You do not learn anything by listening or conversing with only people that are in agreement on the issues at hand; and compromise is vital to ensuring that long-term solutions are embedded for a foundation of future growth. I am an expert in analysis and forecasting a wide array of matters with demonstrated success. My tainted reputation must not prejudice my application for this initiative. I have filed a Civil Rights Complaint with the Office of the Attorney General that precedes this. Please visit www.amgglobalentertainmentgroup.com. Further questions and or specific request to substantiate any of my claims may be forwarded.