Your recent editorial “Disturbing Development” is justified and deserves commentary.
I interviewed for the city’s economic development position with overt enthusiasm and emphatic passion, but was not invited in for the second interview.
I’m the first to admit I lacked a local government background, per se, although I was a consultant for the city of Toledo. But let’s be frank. It does not take rocket science to quickly learn how to write grants, and, was this the real reason?
What I do have is a diverse and well-rounded global business background in Fortune 500 companies with executive leadership and transferable skills that included Wall Street.
With the exception of one individual on the committee, the city ignored this of me and elected not to think outside the box which, in general, is my opinion why this city lacks progress.
I don’t know if I was the most viable candidate for the job. I believe I was.
I know my background should have warranted a second interview and opportunity to present my game plan. It appears the city chose not to think outside the box which, in my opinion, is why it lacks real progress and is in the mess it’s in.
Here are some of the characteristics I would have offered:
An unblemished background bill of health.
A long-time and current city resident who really cares and would have been passionately committed 120 percent to succeed.
An MBA in finance from a top-tier business school in the nation.
A diverse, aggressive and successful business background in multiple environments in operations, finance and business development.
Strong communication and tactical skills across several industries improving revenue, profitability and productivity.
I also served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. I guess that didn’t matter either.
North Ray Street