My name is John D'Angelo and I am running for Selectman on March 12, 2013. My wife, Daryl, our daughter, Michaela, and I moved to Amherst from Texas three years ago this summer. We deliberately chose Amherst as our home for its beauty, the friendliness of its people, and the quality of its schools. Our roots in New England run very deep. I grew up in Massachusetts (Quincy and Weymouth) and went to college in Cambridge, while my wife’s New Hampshire roots predate the Revolutionary War. We have family throughout the Northeast, and we are proud to call Amherst home. We expect to be here for the rest of our lives.
If given the opportunity to serve as a Selectman, I will bring many years of problem solving experience and education to the position. I am a management / business consultant by trade, having been in that line of work since 1985. I have consulted with large companies and small, for-profits and nonprofits. I do a lot of work on basic business processes, helping small companies put processes and procedures into place, while helping large companies reengineer and simplify processes that no longer fully support the needs of the organization. In addition, I provide services for--and sometimes teach--program and project management. I hold a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. I currently serve as a volunteer Educational Counselor for MIT.
I have followed the recent controversies in Amherst with dismay: the dump truck purchase, the Town Manger being put on (paid) leave, and then being abruptly brought back, the $11 million of "accounting adjustments" that were recently discovered. I have seen such problems before. Process breakdowns undermine the confidence of the people who rely on the leadership, as well as drain funds away from better purposes. Throughout my professional career, I’ve helped solve issues just like these, and I’d like to put my experience and knowledge to work for our town.
The economic environment has changed a lot since we arrived, and Amherst needs to change with it. As Selectman, I will do all I can to help Amherst be the town its people want and deserve. Please vote for me on March 12th.