Gary Gray for BOD 2020

After thoughtful reflection and deliberation, I have decided to stand for election to the Lake Forest Property Owners Board of Directors for one of the three vacancies.

My wife, Sarah and I have lived in Lake Forest for five years. Over the past year, I have watched with interest the peaks and valleys between the homeowners and board interactions. It has struck me we, as homeowners and vested members of our neighborhood, need to establish a positive and inclusive direction for ourselves.

I feel my past experiences with budget management, personnel, construction, and planning uniquely qualify me to assist in providing leadership and direction for our neighborhood. These experiences included running a college campus with an annual budget of $12 million dollars, administering a 501(c) 3 college foundation with assets over $8 million dollars, writing and reviewing numerous funded grants (local, regional, state and federal), along with other higher education positions.

Examples of my past community involvement includes memberships and leadership positions on a hospital board (Gateway Regional Medical Center), United Way (St. Louis and Illinois) boards, Police Commissioner (Pontoon Beach, IL), Board Member and President of the local Chamber of Commerce (Southwestern Madison County Chamber IL), Board Director and President of the Granite City Rotary Club (2 time Paul Harris Fellow).

I have been involved with memberships in fraternal organizations (Lambda Chi Alpha, Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Shriner (Ainad). I am currently “semi-retired” and perform consulting work for higher education institutions and a contractor to  review federal grants.

I fully endorse the values of “servant leadership” as a model. I have always deemed myself as a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ money and return on their trust. I promise to do the same for our neighborhood management, dues, and infrastructure through a sound strategic plan to drive us forward.

I am asking for your support for one of the available positions. Thank you for your consideration in the upcoming election.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, but in the mean time please review my Mission and Commitment statement, and read my full resume.

Gary Gray

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