25 November 2014
Where do you live?
We live between Fork Union and Palmyra in the Carysbrook community.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I actually grew up in Buckingham, but went to school in Fluvanna. I was able to attend Fluvanna schools because my dad worked in the Fluvanna school system. I graduated from FCHS in 1984, and left for college and work. I opted to reorient my corporate career path in 2001, and convinced my wife to relocate here. We had a vision for renovating an old family farmhouse that belonged to my grandparents. After we started working on the old farmhouse we realized the termite and water damage was extensive, and we decided to tear it down and start over. We kept many of the items from the farmhouse, like heart pine flooring, large timbers, and old brick, and used them when we built our new home. The location of the old house makes a great front yard with several large oak trees.
Tell us about your work.
I am an area supervisor with MWV (MeadWestvaco Corp.), working in Virginia and North Carolina. I supervise a group of foresters that purchase wood fiber for a paper mill, two chipping plants, and three power stations. We work with loggers, landowners, and sawmills to supply these facilities. It is a very professionally rewarding occupation, especially when you can work with good people connected to the land. I enjoy the outdoors aspect of my work, except for the extreme weather periods and temperatures we can get.
Tell us about your family.
Dad was from Fluvanna and mom was from Buckingham. They met while ice skating on one of the ponds at Bremo Farm. Dad worked for over 40 years with the schools, while mom worked at the bank in Fork Union. My wife, Pam, is a data coach with the Fluvanna school system. She has worked in public education for 21 years. After being raised by a public school educator it seems appropriate that I would marry one. We’ve been blessed with three children – a daughter (Aynsley) and two boys (Samuel and Jacob).