DeFuniak Springs Resident Since:
Born in DeFuniak Springs, Graduated from Walton High School: Class of 1984.
Real Estate Agent
Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Betty Crystal (Parents) three siblings, multiple nephews and nieces
Why I am Running:
3 Key Issues
1. Promoting and Maintaining a Positive Local Business Environment: I believe that we must maintain a common-sense approach to growth with a focus on the preservation of hometown values. Additionally, we must create the kind of jobs in our community that will provide a livable wage for the families of DeFuniak Springs.
2. Affordable Housing: Housing is one of the greatest expenses of the residents of DeFuniak Springs. It will be my goal to create additional housing that allows our workforce (teacher's, nurse's, law enforcement, emergency personnel, etc.) to live within the means of their salaries.
3. Fiscal Responsibility: How we spend tax payer dollars is critical to the health of DeFuniak Springs. I want to provide great city services while keeping taxes and fees balanced with those services.
This can be accomplished by thoughtful consideration of compatibility of land uses for development opportunities, safe transportation alternatives for (pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles), affordable housing opportunities, and impeccable recreational facilities, all while protecting our historical district and environment.
DeFuniak Springs should be and can be a financially strong and resilient city if we will work together with our county, state and federal partners to make it so.
Experience and Recognition
Keller Williams Commercial, Director (2015-Present) • Associate Leadership Council (ALC) 2017-2018 for Keller Williams Emerald Coast (Brokerage transaction volume $748,000,000 in 2018)• Principal at Ps 37 Properties Real Estate (2009-Present) • Mentor to Keller Williams Commercial Agents in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia
Government and Association Appointments
Design Review Board, Walton County Florida (2017-Present) • Planning Board, City of DeFuniak Springs, 2013 to Present (Chairman 2017-2019) • Commercial Builders Council, Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties 2015 to 2016 (Chairman 2015-2016) • Technology Advisory Board – Emerald Coast Technical College (2009-Present)
Bachelors of Science Project Management, Northwest Florida State College • Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Liberty University • Doctoral Candidate Business Administration (DBA), Walden University • Licensed Real Estate Agent in Florida & Alabama • Professional Property Management Certification • Certificate of Completion (Entrepreneurial Planning), United States Small Business Administration • Certificate of Completion (Event Planning), University of West Florida
Volunteer / Program Instructor-Florida Department of Corrections Re-Entry Program (2012- Present) • Volunteer / Program Instructor-Federal Bureau of Prisons-Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Marianna (2016- Present) • Member - Kiwanis International-DeFuniak Springs, FL (2018-Present) • Family and Advisory Sciences Committee-University of Florida/IFAS Walton County (2012-2016) • Volunteer /Program Instructor-Inside Out Dad, Evidence-Based Program for Incarcerated Fathers-Walton County Florida Detention Center (2014-2016) • V.P.-Lions Clubs International -DeFuniak Springs, FL (2013-2014) • Economic Development/Events Committee- City of DeFuniak Springs (2012-2013) • V.P. of Membership - Lake DeFuniak Toastmasters Club (2011-2012) • BUILD Program Grant Administrator (Job Training for Non-Custodial ExOffenders) (2010- 2011)
My Contact Information:
In an effort to be accessible to the citizens of DeFuniak Springs I would like to invite you to give me a call to discuss issues that are vital to the success of the City of DeFuniak Springs or to ask questions concerning my candidacy. Please call 1-850-378-1279, and if I am unable to answer at the time of your call, please leave a message and I will make every effort to reply within 24 hrs.
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