Q: Seems like you have a great variety of
A: Yes, we’ve done work for the Capital
Region Airport Commission, the Richmond
International Raceway, the Greater
Richmond Convention Center. We do work
for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which
is one of the top 10 in the country, and we
secured a lot of funding and other things for
them over the years. Example: Tomorrow
night, we’re going to the only Picasso exhibit
on the East Coast. The fact that you can help
with something like that is pretty nice.
Q: It must be fun to drive around
Richmond and see your handprint all over
A: There are some [projects] in which I’ve been
a significant player; others I’ve just helped
with. That is a very tangible illustration of what
you’ve been able to accomplish. I do find that
rewarding, because we’ve got a great city.
Q: Did you grow up here?
A: I was raised in a rural part of an adjacent
county and my children were raised in
suburbia, if you will. But the same community
feeling is here. I mean, people really care. I
always say Richmond is a big city and a small
town. You get to know people, you maintain
relationships, it’s got just about every cultural
opportunity and recreational opportunity. The
best thing is it is a wonderful place to raise
a family. We own a beach house at Virginia
Beach, and we’ve got offices down at Virginia
Beach and Norfolk, so that’s my real hobby:
the beach. Just like any other area, there
are some places that are better than others,
but we’ve been very vibrant, we’ve done well
through the various ups and downs in the
economy. I finished high school in ’ 61, and the
South obviously had difficulties adjusting to
the desegregation and so forth, but the city of
Richmond never closed its schools, the local
counties never closed their schools, and we’ve
not had the aftermath of those days and
people get along well. It’s just a nice place.
Q: Is that just the best project you’ve
A: Well, my wife thinks the pinnacle of my
public and private career is having been
part of the team that brought Nordstrom
to Richmond. I’ve worked with a number of
governors and served in the Legislature and
on college boards, but bringing Nordstrom,
that is it.
Q: At age 67, sounds like you couldn’t be
much happier with life.
A: I am doing the type of work that I love
and just every day it’s exciting and fulfilling.
That’s not to say there aren’t some days
when it’s less fulfilling and a little too
exciting, but after 40-plus years, my career
has gone very well and I’m very pleased with
where it’s taken me. I thoroughly enjoy it,
and my wife tells me I can’t come home to
retire. You know, everybody has their own
turf, and I don’t think she’s really interested
in my being around her “office.” She knows
I’m at times a little, not demanding, but I do
tell her what I think. I’m not a golfer and I
don’t have those types of hobbies.
Q: So when you retire, you’re just going to
be hanging around the house?
A: That is her fear. That is her fear.