Candidates vie for seats on Holley Navarre water board

Holley Navarre Water System Inc. (HNWS) has announced the eight candidates seeking election to the board in January.

The utility’s Board of Directors will have four vacancies up for grabs. Three of those seats have a three-year term and the other has a one-year term.

HNWS will hold its Annual Membership Meeting, including election of directors, on Jan. 15. The meeting will be called to order at 7:00 a.m., and voting will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the HNWS boardroom at 8574 Turkey Bluff Road.

HNWS members (customers of the utility) will be able to cast their ballots during regular voting or via proxy or absentee ballot. Proxies will not be mailed with the annual notice.

Instead, proxies and absentee ballots will be available upon request only by calling 850-939-2427 ext. 244 or by email at election@hnws-fl.com.

The following brief biographies were provided by the candidates. In addition to the information provided here, the Navarre Press will be asking each candidate a series of follow-up questions for future issues of the paper.

Joseph “Joe” Aguirre

Aguirre has experience as a business development specialist and real estate developer. His community involvement includes NYSA, Take Stock in Children, Florida Turfgrass Association and past chairman of multiple charity efforts. His personal interest is spending time with his family. Goals include enjoying retirement while always trying to benefit the community.

Joseph Genovese

Genovese is an 18-year Dunkin Donuts franchisee who also has four years of experience as branch manager for Koorsen Fire and Security as well as five years as owner of One Source Home Inspection. His community involvement includes Navarre Area Board of Realtors. Genovese’s personal interest is spending time with his family, and his goals include running a successful family business.

Yvonne Harper

Harper is a Florida native and has lived in Navarre eight years. She is a Navy veteran, ESL teacher, college representative and facilitator, adjunct professor, reporter, architecture supervisor, Navy Squadron Ombudsman and past Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center board president. She is also a past president of Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association. Harper holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in public policy and a CAM License.

She described her world view in a quote by John Adams: “…truth and right are invariably the same in all times and in all places; and reason, pure unbiased reason, perceives them alike in all times and in all places.”

Jennifer Jones

Jones is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in business management. She is a full-time mother of three while working as a claims coordinator. Her personal interest is spending time with her family to show them that no matter what, you should always follow your dreams and reach for the stars. Jones’ goals are to grow and obtain more experience while pushing to become a better person both inside and out.

She wants to be the voice of the members and employees of HNWS. She wants to be able to set good policy that benefits the membership and employees and creates a fiscally responsible atmosphere that helps the company grow while maintaining a safe environment for employees.

Mike Kennedy

Kennedy is a successful business owner with 25 years’ experience in business and software consulting for Fortune 500 companies.  His community involvement includes being an assistant coach for The First Tee Kids Golf at Hidden Creek and a former Homeowners Association board member.

His wants to develop a multiyear master plan listing goals that are important to the HNWS company and members and using better technology to communicate the vision and status of goals and initiatives over time.

Kennedy also lists improving the websites to better communicate events, activities, or changes at the company and the golf course, developing more robust procedures for member feedback, fiscal responsibility and improvement on HNWS assets, such as Hidden Creek Golf Course, so the assets continue to provide a good return on investment to the members.

Kevin Lanier

Lanier, an Orlando native, and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Holley by the Sea since 2011.  Before that, they lived in Clayton, Georgia.  In his spare time, he enjoys brewing beer. Prior work responsibilities include management and business development.

He has served two years as a board member for Holley by the Sea and said that experience has taught him the importance of listening to community members. Goals include increasing the trust and communication between HNWS officials and its membership. “While HNWS is not required to operate under the State Sunshine laws, there is no reason not to be transparent to the membership,” Lanier said.

Doug Larson

Larson served as the appointed secretary/treasurer for the HNWS board from January to June 2018. He was appointed as a director on the board in June and continued his seat as secretary/treasurer. Larson has 25 years’ experience in the collision industry and 10 years as sole proprietor running his screen-printing business in Navarre.

His community work includes direct and indirect involvement in many organizations in Navarre through financial donations and helping-hand assistance. Larson’s personal interest is spending time with his family. His goals include being a simple person, keeping his promises and assisting with new policies and procedures.

Fred Terasa

Terasa, a resident of Holley by the Sea, is a retired Army officer with 19 years’ experience in  administration at Texas Christian University, University of Georgia and Northwestern State University of Louisiana. His community involvement has included being president of The Rotary Club of Natchitoches, Louisiana (2016-17); managing director of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade (2013, 2014, 2015); and chief of staff (board chair) of the Northwestern State University Demon Regiment, an Army ROTC Alumni Organization (2013-16). His personal interests are home improvements, lawn and yard maintenance, fine dining, golf, reading and beach time with his wife, Kay.

Terasa’s list of goals includes “to serve HNWS membership (our owners) through open communication and collaborative leadership” with “transparent deliberation and decision making.” He also wants to establish a mission statement and develop a clear future direction for the Club at Hidden Creek, the utility-owned golf course.

 

As seen in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press.

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