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Your Board of Directors Nominees
The Ocean Reef Community Association Nominating Committee has nominated Michael Fay, Tom Snyder, Michael Sullivan, and Bill Wilson to serve three-year terms on the ORCA/ORVFD/NKLUC Board of Directors. ORCA is proud to introduce the nominees. 

Michael Fay

Michael Fay, his wife Paula, and their family have enjoyed coming to Ocean Reef since 1996 when his parents became Equity Members. The couple became Equity Members in 2014 upon purchasing their home. 

Michael Fay is a prominent commercial real estate go-getter with 37 years of experience and over $13 billion in real estate transactions. He specializes in capital markets, REO and note sales, as well as strategy and implementation for large national corporate real estate accounts. Michael is Managing Director of Avison Young's Miami office, Chairman of the U.S. Capital Markets Group Executive Committee, and the Global Director for the Asset Resolution Team Affinity Group. 

He has extensive knowledge and experience in banking as a past founder and director of a community bank. He has also been involved in the selling of bank assets and notes dating back to the Resolution Trust (RTC) days (1989-1995), where he handled the sale and disposition of hundreds of assets of every product type. Michael was also a co-contractor in the disposition of the Southern District of Florida's United States Marshall Service drug seizure assets encompassing over 600 assets over a five-year period (1989-1994) and has, and continues to have, extensive sales experience within the U.S. and civil courts, as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, having been a court-appointed receiver, plan trustee or exclusive real estate broker.

Michael's community ties run strong. He was most recently knighted by the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta, and was selected as a member of the prestigious Florida Council of 100. He currently serves as a member of ORCA's Finance and Audit Committee, the ORCA/NKLUC NOVA Committee, the Miami-Dade Community Advisory Board for AvMed Health Plans, the St. Thomas University Board of Trustees, the History Miami Museum Board of Trustees, and the McGlannan School Foundation for children living with dyslexia and other language-based difficulties. He is also a former member of the Ocean Reef Club Real Estate Committee. At the age of 24, Michael was the youngest member elected to the Orange Bowl Committee, on which he proudly continues to serve.

Outside of his real estate career, Michael is an avid surfer and a former nationally and world-ranked wakeboard champion. He is a founding partner of the Miami Watersports Complex with Aktion Parks and is currently sponsored by Hyperlite and Nautique boats.

Michael graduated from LaGrange College with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. 

Tom Snyder 

Tom Snyder was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb located just west of Chicago. He and his wife Francine lived for many years in another suburb, Wilmette, where they raised their family. They first visited Ocean Reef in 1996, becoming ORC social members soon thereafter.

The couple's four children, their spouses, and their eight school-aged grandchildren are scattered among Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas. When not in Ocean Reef, the couple generally spends four months or so in Chicago each summer, where they volunteer each week at the Chicago Architecture Center.
Locally, Tom has served as chairman of the Legal & Bylaws Committee for the past four years, and served as a member of the ORCA Finance and Audit Committee for three years.
Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1964 (Economics major and Philosophy minor), and received ROTC Army Reserve commission upon graduation. He then graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1967. 

Prior to his law career, Tom was active duty in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969. He served the first year as a Lieutenant at the Army Missile Command located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and the second year as a Captain at the Army Procurement Agency Vietnam in Saigon.
Tom went on to work for a private law practice in Chicago for 40 years at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon. For many years, Tom served as a member of the firm's Management Committee and as chairman of its Finance Committee. 
Tom enjoyed being an active member of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary serving as Flotilla Commander from 2009-2010 and a former member of the Yacht Club. He currently serves on the Race Committee of Card Sound Sailing Club, the Art League, and Anglers Club. He's also an enthusiastic concert-goer at the Cultural Center, particularly the Met Live in HD opera presentations. Pre-pandemic, he was a frequent altar server at the Catholic Mass.

Michael Sullivan

In 1997, Michael Sullivan and his wife Jill purchased their first home at Ocean Reef. They became Equity Members after selling their companies, which involved a national contract cleaning business specializing in retail chains in the U.S. and Canada, and a hotel and office building development on the Navesink River in New Jersey. 

Ocean Reef is enjoyed by generations of the Sullivan family. Their four children and 10 grandchildren are all either Equity or Legacy Members. 

Active in the community, Michael currently serves on the NKLUC Reverse Osmosis Water Committee and as chairman of Card Sound Golf Club. He also previously served on the ORCA Board of Directors and Search Committee, the Ocean Reef Club Board of Directors, and Ocean Reef Club All Charities.

Bill Wilson

Meet Bill Wilson, an Ocean Reef Club Social Member since 2003 and an ORCA Equity Member since 2005. Bill and his wife, Samantha, discovered Ocean Reef via friends in the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). The couple has four children (Amber, William, Anna, and Sean) who have enjoyed growing up in Ocean Reef as full-time residents.
Already an ORCA Board Director, Bill is being nominated for a second term. His current involvement includes serving as chairman of several committees. The subsets include the ORCA Membership Committee, evaluating all aspiring property owner applications; ORCA IT Committee, providing advice, guidance, and high-level monitoring of IT's overall activities; and the Ocean Reef YPO Gold Chapter.  
Bill's leadership roles outside of Ocean Reef include serving as chairman emeritus of PURE Insurance SAC, and current board member and former chairperson of the Baptist Health Foundation. He is also chairman of Dropsource, a mobile application development software company based in Raleigh, NC.

Thank you to the ORCA Nominating Committee, Chairman Gary List, Vice Chairwoman Anne Lovett, Dan Harding, Bob Hoyt, and Diana Frazier for their time and contributions to selecting members who best represent your interests.

The Latest at ORCA Public Works
Jeff Oeltjen
Jeff Oeljten, Vice President of Public Works and Utilites

Welcome Center:
The roughing-in of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing will be done this Friday. The drywall will start going up on Monday, February 22, keeping the project on schedule for completion at the end of March.

Sunrise Passive Park:
ORCA Public Works is currently waiting on Monroe County permitting for the required land clearing permit. Once we can get started, the park will include mulch paths, benches, and butterfly gardens.

Improving AT&T Coverage Around Community:
The final boring for the fiber connectivity is complete. Public Works is currently waiting for the contractor's proposal to decide when to schedule construction of the nine poles and boring of the electric to the pole. We will provide updates as the project moves forward.
Keep Our Roads Safe:
Maintain Proper Rainwater Drainage

With rain can come issues. To avoid flooding your property and common areas, ORCA asks our residents to please maintain proper water runoff.
Throughout Ocean Reef, our roads are pitched higher in the middle so water can drain off the pavement into the right-of-way. The right-of-way is the five feet of land on each side of the road. ORCA typically owns these common areas and uses the space to collect rainwater so that the roads dry quickly. This type of drainage system also allows the rainwater to percolate through our porous rock slowly, cleansing the water before entering our groundwater system.
For this drainage system to work, each homeowner is required to maintain a swale (a small ditch) next to the road in front of their property to receive the rainwater. While this land depression should be along all routes, over time landscape often fills in the swale hindering runoff and resulting in unsafe puddling on our streets.
We realize puddles are not always avoidable, but the goal is to make sure the water does not stay on a road for more than a couple of hours. To keep roads clear of standing water, it is imperative that homeowners maintain their drainage swales. 

ORCA asks all residents to check their property's swale, and if necessary, please make adjustments to your landscape. We appreciate your help in maintaining proper drainage on your property to keep travel on our roads safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ORCA's Director of Public Works Lesli Wojtecki at 305-367-7321or