Meet your Big Park Council Representative Joe Skidmore
Who do you represent on Big Park Council and what kind of member is it: RAM (Residential), BOA (Business Owner) or EIM Educational Institution)?
Briefly describe its character or anything that makes it unique. I represent the Pinion Woods 1 RAM. We’re only 34 lots, but sincere. I think we’re a fairly representative mix of year round and Winter residents, undeveloped lots and rentals. We have the best access to the ACE hardware and the library, but PJ’s is a bit of a walk.
Do you work full time, part time, retired or retired part time?
I work full time as a Mechanical Engineer for a start-up developing an orthopedic device. It’s a virtual company with team members in four states. The pay sucks, but the commute is great.
How many years have you lived in the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek area and from where did you come? What do you like best and least about living here?
I’ve lived here for just over a year. After 30 years in Seattle, the best part of living here is the blue sky. We spent the last five years within spitting distance of the Costco headquarters, and having to drive to Prescott to shop at Costco has been the hardest transition.
What are your favorite pastimes, interests and/or community involvements?
My wife Marsee and I love to hike. I tag along with her to the lectures and guided hikes of Red Rock State Park, Sedona Historical Society, Keep Sedona Beautiful and the Audubon Society. I’m an avid philatelist. I would donate more blood, but VOC blood drives are scarce.
What has been your favorite or most valued work experience? Has the Council provided an opportunity for you to use your expertise?
I’m a freshman member of the Big Park Council, having only attended one meeting before the big shutdown. I have previous volunteer experience as an EMT and with a Parks & Recs advisory committee. I think my most valued work experience was working for a CEO who had only two rules - Act like an adult, and Let your conscience be your guide. I very much look forward to being a contributor.