Southwest FL – What a wonderful October luncheon! MOAS was pleased to share their October program with the Navy League and also the Air Force Association. Many of our MOAS members are also members of other service- oriented organizations here in Sarasota and we hope to make this shared program an annual event. We were
pleased to have had such a large turnout for this luncheon, 140 attendees! Highlights included the celebration of the US Navy’s 239th birthday! It was wonderful to see traditions such as the most senior and the most junior Navy personnel present cut the birthday cake. After a few pictures of the cake cutting, we were treated to a group photo of all personnel present related to the US Navy in some way and hearing them sing the navy song!
Following the birthday festivities, we received a wonderful presentation from Rear Admiral Brian McCarthy, who currently serves as the Secretary on the MOAS Board. With many sobering facts and information that our media is giving us every day, it would be easy to be discouraged. And, as stated by RADM McCarthy, “I’m not going to “guild the lily” here today – we have a lot of tough stuff to deal with. The economy, the international situation, education, immigration, our cities, our privacy, our culture, health care, Congress & the administration, the rule of law and our freedom.” and he didn’t.
However, he went on to say “..friends of freedom the world over look to the United States not only as an ally against tyrants and terrorism but a powerful beacon to all those who strive to be free.“
As expounded upon by RADM McCarthy, we live in the greatest country on earth and need to face challenges together in order to continue to inspire ourselves, and those around us.
RADM McCarthy has been an entrepreneur throughout his 40-year business career, 30 years of which have been in the real estate industry. He has been the founding member of both public and private companies and has served as CEO and Chief Operating Officer, on numerous occasions. He is has been a co-founder of multiple real estate companies which acquired, designed, financed, developed and operated commercial and residential properties in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, California, Florida, Arizona and North Carolina. Mr. McCarthy has built commercial real estate portfolios with an aggregate value over $500M, which included 3,000+ apartment units, self-storage facilities, marinas, dry stack boat storage buildings, industrial parks, retail shopping centers, lodging and restaurants. In addition, during the 1980’s, Mr. McCarthy was a founder and registered securities principal of a San Francisco based broker-dealer firm NASD/FINRA member), which specialized in real estate based syndicated transactions.
RADM McCarthy is currently orchestrating the Bird key Marina facility upgrade and is expanding his Always Home business. Always Home provides home management services for second home owners who are frequently traveling and away for long periods.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com