Name: Tom Crews
Years living in area: 24
Family: Patty Crews; her two sons, who live in Bluffton
Education: Bachelor of arts in architecture, University of Tennessee
Current occupation/employer: Architect, president of Tom Crews Architects Inc.
Previous employment: Smith, Korach, Hayet, Haynie Partnership, Miami, Fla., March 1971 to May 1972; part-time instructor, first-year design, School of Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., January 1974 to May 1974; Bill Lipsey, Architect, Aspen, Colo., June 1974 to October 1974; Tom Crews, Builder, Aspen, Colo., November 1974 to October 1976; associate architect, David Finholm & Associates, Aspen, Colo., November 1976 to August 1983; principal architect, Tom Crews, Aspen, Colo., September 1983 to July 1985; architect, Dick Clark, Architect, Austin, Texas, August 1985 to January 1986; architect, Doug Corkern, Architects, Inc., Hilton Head Island, April 1986 to July 1990; principal architect, Architectural Resources Inc., Hilton Head Island, August 1990 to July 1991; principal architect and president, Tom Crews Architects Inc., Hilton Head Island, August 1991 to present
Military history: None listed
Volunteer history: American Institute of Architects -- 1987-1988 AIA/ South Carolina, Energy Committee chairman; 1988 AIA/ Hilton Head Island Section, Governmental Affairs Director; 1989 AIA/ Hilton Head Island Section, president-elect; 1990 AIA/ Hilton Head Island Section, president; 1991 AIA/ South Carolina, State Section director; 2003 AIA/ Hilton Head Island Section, president-elect; 2004 AIA/ Hilton Head Island Section, president; 2005 AIA/ South Carolina, State Section director
Civic -- 1987 Georgia Energy Design Awards, juror; 1992 the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island, vice commodore; 1993 the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island, commodore; 1993-1994 graduate, Leadership Hilton Head Island; 1994-2004 International Order of the Blue Gavel; 1994-2005 Shipyard Plantation Architectural Review Board Architect; 1995-1996 Boys & Girls Club, Hilton Head Island Building Design Committee; 1995-1997 Rose Hill Plantation Architectural Review Board architect; 1996-2005 Wexford Architectural Standards Committee architect; 1998-1999 Port Royal Plantation Plans Review Board architect; 2000-2003 Sea Pines Architectural Review Board; 2005-present Palmetto Hall Architectural Review Board architect; 2005-present Daufuskie Island Community Preservation Planning Committee
Public elected offices: None
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: None
Other political and government experience: Hilton Head Island Energy Conservation Committee, 1988-1989; Hilton Head Island Land Planning Policy Committee, 1989-1991; Leadership Hilton Head Island class, 1993-1994; Hilton Head Island Housing Commission, 1997-1999; Bridge to the Beach charette, 1999; Bridge to the Beach Steering Committee, 2000-2002; Hilton Head Island Revitalization Master Planning Team, 2003-2004; Hilton Head Island Design Review Board, 2003-2006; Hilton Head Island Public Arts Committee, 2005-2006; Hilton Head Island Planning Commission, 2006-present; Hilton Head Island Comprehensive Plan chairman, 2007-present
Endorsements received: None firm at this time
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: None disclosed
Campaign money raised: $5,350 from individual contributions and $100 from the candidate, as of the candidate's last filing Sept. 30.
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): $1,000 from bus owner Guy Foulke (Hilton Head); $500 from Alan Herd (Hilton Head); $500 from bus owner Paul Barringer (Weldon, N.C.); $500 from David Borghesi (Chicago); ; $300 from Realtor Charles Reed (Hilton Head); $300 from Realtor James Wedgeworth
1. Why should people vote for you?
Strengths: More than 20 years of appointed involvement on many levels of our town government; extensive community involvement with numerous groups and organizations; professional positions and leadership, design recognition; listening and developing consensus as a process; professional understanding of vision and planning methods and implementation; current chairman of the Planning Commission's Comprehensive Plan Committee with an on-going touch stone with the community on a broad range of needs and goals.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
Economic sustainability. Review and rewrite of some components of the Land Management Ordinance, particularly zoning and land development standards that would add in our revitalization efforts.
Economic engine tuning and development: General hospitality, corporate hospitality, retirement life style enhancements, aging-in-place technology.
Town government relationship and attitude with the citizens and business owners.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
Environmental preservation and implementation of best management practices; refocused marketing to include retirees; telecommunications improvements; airport improvements to accommodate commercial and general-aviation needs and potential as it relates to our economic and community goals; leverage from our legacies of environmentally responsible development and preservation; regain a true position and brand image of environmental leadership; create opportunities to create socially dynamic civic gathering spaces; reinforce our commitment to quality education opportunities for all ages; provide for more of the young professional lifestyle needs.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I have been involved in most appointed levels of our local government on varying scales, and in my opinion, the most successful results come from listening well and often. Not just once, but with an ongoing effort to hear, form opinions and re-test the validity with the citizens of our community. "Of the people, by the people, for the people" is the true cornerstone of our success in governance. Goals and intentions should be clear and well stated.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
I filed for bankruptcy 24 years ago, shortly after arriving here. I was the last person standing in a land-development effort for a large tract of lakefront property in Tennessee. I have never been delinquent with any taxes.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
I have been a sailor for most of my life. I am a pilot and learned to fly while living in Aspen, Colo. I am a certified SCUBA diver and have been diving for over 40 years. I love most things outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, gardening and simply walking on the beach with my wife and dogs. My hobbies include photography, woodworking and golf. Simple joys come from things like flying a kite with our grandson on the beach.