Sandy is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in economics. His career spanned thirty-five years in the publishing business with executive positions with TIME and Smithsonian Magazines where he traveled all over the world working with advertising clients on their marketing programs.

He and his wife, Emmy Lou, retired to Longboat Key in 2000 where he was Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board, Chairman of the Public Interest Committee and a government affairs columnist for the Longboat Observer.

He encountered his first red tide bloom in 2005 and joined START soon thereafter to help find solutions to mitigate its harmful effects on the environment and the economy. In 2010 he was named Chairman of the organization with its eight hundred members around the state. Some of the START endeavors accomplished under Sandy’s aegis include the PBS TV documentary film “Guardians of The Gulf”, the distribution of PSAs to local TV stations alerting the public to impending red tide blooms, the fostering of the award-winning Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal Program (GCORR) in Manatee County. He also was a founding member of the Sarasota Bay Watch, and a contributing partner in their ongoing effort to seed clams in Sarasota Bay. Sandy and Emmy Lou now reside at Chanteclaire in The Meadows in Sarasota.