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Neighborhoodtimes: Pair seek Indian Rocks Beach seat
Jose Coppen, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board, and Victor Wood, president of Indian Rocks Beach Action 2000, applied this week for the commission seat now held by Vice Mayor Bill Ockunzzi.
So far, Coppen and Wood
are the only residents with applications on file in the city clerk's office.
first purchased property in Indian Rocks Beach
in 1985 and moved here in 1994.He
operates a commercial real estate business.Previously, he served as director of development for Payless Shoes, president of development of Divirsefoods, president of Burger King Canada, and director of international real estate for McDonald's Corp.He served on the city's budget review and control committee from 1999 to 2002, and he became president of Action 2000, a nonprofit citizens group that recommends solutions to future city development issues and funds public beautification projects.
"I hope to be a voice of reason and business experience on the commission," said Wood
, who gave his
top priorities as improving the morale of city employees, planning Gulf Boulevard redevelopment long range, and burying utilities throughout the city.Wood said the commission should move quickly to replace its community development director.
"I hope to be a catalyst for action," Wood
Neighborhoodtimes: 7 seek Indian Rocks Beach post
R. Victor Wood Jr.: He purchased property in Indian Rocks Beach in 1985 and moved here in 1994.He operates a commercial real estate business.Previously, he was director of development for Payless Shoes, president of development of Divirsefoods, president of Burger King Canada and director of international real estate for the McDonald's Corp.Wood served on the city's budget review and control committee from 1999 to 2002, and he currently is president of Action 2000, a nonprofit citizens group that recommends solutions to future city development issues and funds public beautification projects.
And that Victor Wood is a ...
And that Victor Wood is a guy who reached the heights of the business world through pure grit, savvy and iron will.
You think of iron will and most often a crazy, Gordon Liddy type of person pops into mind (holding one's hand over a lighted candle, for example).
That's not the iron will Victor Wood displayed and yea, relied on to construct a business career that perhaps few in Indian Rocks Beach, where he lives and is an active member of the community, know about but is stunning.
The title of his
book captures the essence of what has been the hallmark of Wood's life.
is a native Pennsylvanian and grew up just west of Philadelphia in Media, near the Pennsylvania Dutch country.
It was a family typical of the times - mother and father, Victor
brother, two sisters and an aunt and grandmother.
It gave Wood
the theme of his
life - you make the top effort, you discipline yourself and you do what you must do.
It paid off for this guy.
Wood graduated from Washington and Jefferson where he played on the baseball team and a year later was in the Navy where he served as a navigator on patrol planes out of Newfoundland.
The early lessons from a tough father became the framework of Wood's life.
"What you learn at an early age helps you survive in the most difficult events as you go through life," he
After the Navy
, it was the corporate world in which Wood
way and he
was eminently successful.
"For me, it was always having a plan, developing an iron will to execute that plan and having the courage of my convictions.
But it was not a one-man trip," he
"I had many mentors along the way."
Most of us know about the corporate world only through reading a novel, seeing a movie or observing what unfolds through news media.
We know it to be a tough, unforgiving universe.
succeeded - dramatically so - in that world.
Out of the Navy in 1959, he broke in with Mobil Oil, moved on to the Marriott Corporation, then was with McDonalds for half the 1970s before embarking on a career with Diversifoods.
That was a career peak, working with a company that had restaurants ranging from full service like Chart House to fast food such as Burger King
He was president of development for Diversifoods, handling real estate, construction, and franchising.
hit another peak as senior vice president of development for Payless Shoe Source
from 1985 to 1994.
is still active with his
own Wood Commercial Enterprises.
family discovered Florida years ago during his
business career and the Woods settled in Indian Rocks Beach in the 1990s.
Along the way came two sons, Rurik Thomas Hasbrook Wood and Jason Dion Victor
Wood, to join Victor and wife, Beryl.
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. . . And kudos to ...
. . . And kudos to Victor Wood of Indian Rocks Beach who has stepped down from a leadership role in that city's civic group, Action 2000.Wood was part of the organization's good works for IRB.A mayoral candidate last time out, he may try again.