Born in New York, Ed moved to Fort Lauderdale with his family in the 1960s. He attended Fort Lauderdale’s Sunrise Middle School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, followed by college at the University of South Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He’s given back to his beloved alma mater through coaching football at St. Thomas Aquinas for eight years, where he helped guide the team to a national title and three state titles. Ed is also the President of the Catholic Educators Endowment (formerly St. Thomas Aquinas Teachers Endowment).
Growing up in Fort Lauderdale in the 1960s and 70s, Ed lived on the west side of District 4, and from 1988 through the present day, he has resided on the east side of District 4. He is familiar with the issues important to residents and communities across the district.
Ed’s passion and a wide variety of interests took his professional career in two different directions –first at Anheuser Busch for 20 years, where he worked his way up to become Senior Manager of Brewery Operations at the world’s fifth largest brewery in Newark, New Jersey. In this role, he oversaw budgets of over $1,000,000,000 and roughly 1200 employees.
As a former City Councilmember in Madison, New Jersey, Ed knows what it takes to be a successful public servant, as the only candidate for District 4 with municipal government experience. As a true believer in giving back to the community, Ed has served on regional Boards of various non-profits like Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, and the American Red Cross.
Ed’s second career path as an information technology (IT) consultant eventually led him back to Fort Lauderdale. In 2012 Ed sold his company to Cisco for $415,000,000. Ed currently serves as the Chairman for Temescal Wellness, a medical cannabis company in multiple states. Ed lives in Lauderdale Harbors, where he has resided since 2012 with Jill Roth, his wife of 50 years. They are blessed to have five healthy and prosperous grown children and nine wonderful grandchildren.
Ed has remained highly active in the community as Chair for the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Advisory Board, Rotary Club Member and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary Club International, Broward County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, Vice President of Breakwater Towers, Vice President of the Harbor Inlet Homeowners Association, and President of Lauderdale Harbors Homeowners Association. He is also the President of St. Sebastian’s Men’s Club.