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Meet Your Board Director Dave Morley

Service Term: 2019-2022 | Chair: 2020-2022

Personal Background

My wife, Cheryl, and I have owned on Kiawah Island since 2000. We built a house and vacationed here for many years and, in 2010, we began splitting time between Kiawah and St. Louis. In 2012, we made Kiawah our permanent home. My wife and I love the island and are interested in helping to maintain the quality of life that we so enjoy. In retirement, Cheryl and I travel, play golf and spend time in the summer in Michigan. I also contribute a substantial amount of time to local and national boards focused on improving the education of disadvantaged children. I serve on the boards and executive committees of programs serving children ages 0 to 5, elementary school, and middle school through high school. I also chair the Dean’s Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. We have two adult children. Our son is a risk management consultant to the banking industry and our daughter is a doctor and third-year resident at The Mayo Clinic. They, in many ways, grew up on the island and their time here is a significant part of our family history.

Professional Background

I spent a majority of my career with the Monsanto Company. I started in financial management and moved on to be the CFO of its largest division. Subsequently, I moved to line management and was responsible for all commercial activities in North and South America and global manufacturing for the agricultural sector of the company. Finally, I was the corporation’s chief strategist.

Statement of Focus

I have been a member of the KICA finance committee since 2012. I have been involved with several projects including the rewriting of the financial controls policy and the decision to invest longer-term assets rather than hold them in low-returning bank accounts. I believe the island is in good overall financial condition. However, I think it is important to look at the longerterm implications of rising sea levels and what appears to be a trend of increasing storm activity. I was recently asked to lead a task force for the community association to develop a strategy for storm water management and, in particular, areas prone to flooding. This work will be shared with the board and broadly with the community.

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