Life-long resident of Pinecrest, James Field, Jr., is running for Pinecrest Village Council Seat 1.
Why are you running?
Having experience in Florida business, agriculture, and politics, I bring a unique set of skills that are necessary and vital to protecting the heritage and beauty of my hometown. More importantly, I love the Village of Pinecrest and want to give back to it in the best way that I know how.
What is your motivation to run for office?
Having witnessed the political process first-hand while advocating for agriculture and farming, I wanted to apply my efforts and talents closer to home, in Pinecrest, the community where I grew up. I believe my unique background and experience in political, business and philanthropic endeavors make me an ideal and effective voice for the Village of Pinecrest.
What is your personal/professional background?
As an 18-year resident of Pinecrest, I consider this my home. I went to high school at Gulliver Preparatory School and played division-one college golf before turning professional and finishing school at the University of Miami. After graduation, I traveled the world as a highly competitive professional golfer before setting my sights on a different kind of goal – developing my business acumen and philanthropic contributions.
With these goals in mind, I became the director of business development for Frey Farms, one of the country’s largest agriculture companies, and helped create jobs and bring new lines of business to the farming communities in rural Florida and fought for legislation to keep fresh Florida produce in public schools nationwide. Simultaneously, I founded Dogmadik, a supply chain management company which provides services to emerging restaurant brands.
In addition, I donate my time to various philanthropic causes including having travelled to India in 2015 with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney as part of Charity Vision to help build eye care centers. I am an active member and fundraiser for Best Buddies, a charity headed by Anthony Kennedy Shriver and also a board member of the Florida House, the State Embassy in Washington D.C. I also recently chaired and hosted an event for Operation Underground Railroad at Fairchild Tropical Garden that raised more than $150,000 to save children from the sex-slave trade.
Your vision of the village?
My vision for Pinecrest arose from my childhood memories. Growing up in Pinecrest, I felt a great sense of warmth and security and I enjoyed wandering through the Village without a care in the world. As a council member, I’d like to ensure that my childhood memories of Pinecrest remain a reality where we can always feel safe in our homes, walk peacefully to our neighborhood stores and wonderful schools, and where development doesn’t overtake our beautiful streets.
Why is Pinecrest unique?
We have some of the top public schools in the nation. We have more green space per capita than most of the communities in South Florida. We have our local farmers market at Pinecrest Gardens and thriving small businesses. All of these things make Pinecrest truly one of the jewels in Miami and it is our residents that have fought to make it great.
Tell us about your accessibility & how you’re getting the word out:
I believe in doing it the old-fashioned way by knocking on doors and meeting as many residents as possible. In addition, all my campaign material contains my personal e-mail and phone number so that any resident with a concern or question can speak to me directly. I will continue this policy should I be elected. I believe every voice should be heard with respect.
Share with us a little known fact:
During my golf career, I had three holes-in-one – all during tournaments, two as an amateur and one as a professional.