Tell us about you!
I am a fifth generation Georgian, I moved from Atlanta to Huntsville, Alabama, where my father was involved in the space program in the 1960s. My parents shuttled between Huntsville and Washington D.C., where my mother was involved with the restoration of Lafayette Square and the White House. I guess that is where I developed an interest in historic preservation.
I graduated from the University of Alabama with a double major in business and political science. I come from a long line of attorneys and had planned to go to law school, but lived in Europe for two years after college. Europe is far ahead of us in sustainability and I became passionate about the environment. I came back with more of an interest in business than law and joined Macy’s executive training program in New York. Atlanta has always been home to me, so I moved back and became a menswear buyer at Davison’s (now Macy’s).
After two years, I joined AmericasMart and worked in the various buildings for almost 30 years. By 1993 the commodity furniture industry had left the Merchandise Mart, leaving 7 vacant floors totaling 700,000 s.f.. Realizing that the boutique specialty stores needed a home, I created the Atlanta Fine Linens & Home Décor Center in 1994, filling two floors with fine linens and other high end home furnishings products that made AmericasMart unique from the other competing market centers around the country.
In 1997, I opened the Atlanta Holiday & Home Décor Center, filling the remaining 5 vacant floors with Christmas and holiday products. The Center drew buyers from around the world because AmericasMart was the first to open a centralized destination for holiday products.
In 2003, I was made Senior Vice President of the Apparel Mart. We redesigned the fashion accessories floors and created the Atlanta Fashion Accessories & Fine Jewelry Center, filling 3 floors of the latest designs in accessories and fine jewelry.
In 2009, I left AmericasMart and opened Regency Park Development, an investment firm that specializes in real estate development.
EcoHome Atlanta is of course a little outside the parameters of real estate development, but the creative side of me wanted to merge a passion for fashion with environmental progress. We opened in November 2016 in Buckhead with a variety luxury gift and home furnishings products. What makes us different from all the other gift and home furnishings stores in Atlanta is that all merchandise shown here is either organic or sustainable.
Whether in home furnishings or apparel, fashion is important not only for those who want to express themselves or define an era, but is most important for determining how one feels about one's self.
What are you your hobbies/interests? Golf, tennis, reading, swimming, and going to the lake whenever possible.