|Name||Carl L. Sheeler|
West Greenwich, Rhode Island , United States
|| June 01, 1960
Oct 22, 2017 09:11pm
Caucasian - Married - Marine Corps - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||BIO: Carl Lloyd Sheeler |
DOB: June 1, 1960, Brooklyn, NY Resident: West Greenwich, RI
Married: Wife, Sara
General Background: Formerly a U.S. Marine Corps combat & staff officer and training instructor. Presently a business owner and financial expert witness for the past 14 years for Allison Appraisals & Assessments, Inc., a 50 year-old nationwide company providing business valuation & litigation support services. Has also held management positions at Abbott Laboratories – Diagnostic Division and American Automobile Association – National HQ’s as well as an Adjunct Professor, Bryant University teaching business and entrepreneurship.
Education: Ph.D.: Concentration in Finance from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH), Command and Staff War College and Amphibious Warfare School (Quantico, VA non-resident program), Bachelors with Concentration in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago. Also attended University of Maryland (College Park) Undergraduate and Graduate School programs. Thousands of hours of attendance, speaking, instructing and authoring on appraisal related issues in national, state and local legal and financial forums.
Hobbies: Balancing being a good husband, father, businessman, educator and "Master of Ceremonies" for a slew of dogs, cats, and fish. Running, weight training, movies, travel, reading fiction, and pastels.
Prior Office: Ran as latecomer in May 2004 as an Independent, against a four-term Republican State Senator in 2004 garnering 41% of the district's vote.
“Who is Carl?” in his own words. I care what people think. Ultimately, I believe leadership is a blend of compassion, sincerity, decisiveness and courage. Inside, I’m the same kid who spent a good part of the day running around in slightly irregular clothes and shoes playing roller hockey, hoops, and stickball. My parents stretched every dollar, so there were times I put cardboard in my shoes to cover the holes and my mom put patches on my pants. I made some spending money delivering fruits and vegetables in the city and learned to save. My old man worked for the government almost all the time he was alive and I never told him I was proud of him. My folks taught me the value of frugality, hard work, and that it was good to be good and open-minded. I’ll admit I missed the lesson at times, and once had to declare personal bankruptcy. My grandparents were first generation from eastern Europe and Germany.
We lived in many low and moderate-income areas in New York, Los Angeles, and outside D.C., but I learned a lot from these neighborhoods and appreciate that it’s not easy to leave them. We weren’t particularly religious. We celebrated Chanukah until I chose to go through Catholic confirmation and baptism when I was 18. I needed (and still do) the spirituality of G-d. I did fairly well in school and okay in some sports. I loved football, but spent a lot of time picking up splinters sitting on the bench. I ran track and have been running ever since. Occasionally I pump iron, too. After receiving Senatorial and Congressional nominations to the US Air Force Academy, I broke my wrist and was no longer qualified. There is no shame in success or failure, just another lesson.
Between savings and working mostly minimum wage jobs for three years in retail, store security, and life guarding, I paid much of my way through college and later signed up with the Marines. Some of my bosses thought I was a good combat and staff officer and I’m sure some didn’t, but I was more interested in what my troops thought and I think I did okay there. Like most, I loved being a Marine for the challenges it brought and leading a diverse bunch of troops. In my late 20’s I rarely balanced the military, education, and my marriage very well. I worked in various management positions for a number of large corporations in sales, planning and operations, but I always wanted to be my own boss and figure out how to be a good dad and husband, too. The majority of Americans today struggle with these same issues and choices every day. That would have to wait until after I was deactivated from serving in support of Desert Storm.
My eldest daughter will be a high school senior and now lives with her mom and step-dad in Florida. She is a national merit scholar and I’m proud of her. She taught me about cooperation and patience. My teen step-daughter, a very bright, witty, and fiercely independent woman is training to manage a restaurant. My teenage step-son loves to play guitar, his girlfriend and can play a mean game of soccer. He's into vintage war medals and WWII airplanes. My second eldest daughter is into the saxophone, creative writing, drawing and playing league softball. My son likes all kinds of music, reading, playing outside, drawing and is trying his hand at football this summer.
I got my shot at running my own business in San Diego in 1992. My (then) wife and I chose Rhode Island as our home in 1998 with its strength as one large community despite its heavy taxes. I have lived in both Providence and in Kent County. Living in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, San Diego and Providence really opens your eyes to all walks of life and cultures. My company and lots of student loans have allowed me to pay for additional college education, be a part-time college professor, and run this campaign. I couldn't do this without the help of my ex-wife, who I am proud is helping me with this campaign, along with my current wife. Our cooperation is wasn’t always easy. More importantly, I’m learning the toughest job of all – being a parent in the MTV/MP3 world. These experiences make me better appreciate what it’s like to be a youth, sweat payroll, and stretch dollars to keep a roof over our heads and our family insured.
I also have learned that being a Democrat is about helping to give others an opportunity, not lip service. This is why I disaffiliated from the Republican Party, as some of its influential members see the party’s role as “I know what’s best for you”. My experiences of helping others have shown me the importance of assisting people suffering from all the financial and legal struggles most of us deal with during our lives. I learned there are some great small and medium size business owners out there who are willing to accept the risks and are truly the engine that is our economy. Like you, I have become afraid that politicians are putting social security at risk, they're not keeping promises of prosperity and personal freedoms, they're creating an “us and them” society, they're buying their office and forgetting working families. I'm very afraid and angry. When I get angry, I get determined and think, “what would my mom say?” We should think, “What would mom say?” I want to replace fear with hope.
Public interest is what defines my political platform, not special interests. That makes me a real political outsider. I can’t buy a U.S. Senate seat and I’m not going to condemn the good personal fortunes of the other candidates in this race. Between them, these men have millions of dollars at their disposal to get their message to you and media does not come cheap. I’ve made a personal investment to run for what I believe in, which is a better Rhode Island and America. I work for a living and my job would be working for, and being accessible, to you. I want to earn your trust and support by being authentic, honest with my thoughts, and hard working. I don't have all the answers, but I think together we do.
Your support for positive change could be anything from displaying a sign or bumper sticker, to telling a friend, neighbor, or business associate or writing a letter to the editor. Volunteers are welcome and needed, too! Honestly, I could use financial contributions from supporters who believe the way I do. Your “two cents” opinions and contributions are equally important. After all, this race is your voice. All of it helps to get our message out to each and every Rhode Island voter.
With your opinion and financial contributions, together we can ensure that we will build a campaign true to representing people from the bottom up.