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I was born August 5, 1963 in Williamston, a small town in Down East North Carolina.  My parents were Landy and Peggy Griffin, and my brothers from oldest to youngest are Landy, (I am 2nd), John, Kevin, Derek and Kim.  We remain close, and every member of my family inspires me.

I married Cathy Renee’ Cole in 1987, and we have two sons – Joshua Michael (1990) and Jacob Loyd (1993).  Raising a family gave me new perspective on the importance of my role as a loving husband and father.  I coached both my sons in numerous sports from Kindergarten through Middle School, and loved every minute.  Of course, when they learned I was not really the greatest coach in history….well, let’s just say that was a tough day for Coach Dad.  I think they were 9.  My wife and sons have continuously inspired me since day one; I am grateful for every moment.

A 1985 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, I took my Accounting degree to Pinehurst, NC and my first job in a regional accounting firm.  After 2 years with the accounting firm, I was hired in 1987 as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Moore County Government in Carthage, NC.  During my 17-year service with the County, I obtained my CPA certificate, as well as various designations and certifications as a Public Finance Officer and Local Government Official.  I then worked for the private sector for 3 years, as CFO for Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resorts in Southern Pines.  Serving this family-owned golf resort gave me enhanced appreciation for all businesses, as they look to build and maintain outstanding customer service, while faced with continuous demands on cash-flow and operational profitability.

In 2007, I returned to public service as CFO for Moore County Schools, also in Carthage.  I served the schools for 8 ½ years, until my retirement in December 2015.  I am honored and privileged to have worked with great individuals and great teams throughout my career.  The people surrounding me on a daily basis have all inspired me, not only at work but also in my overall life.  They too are an inspiration for Countdown to Greatness.

I retired after a 30-year career; however, I did retire sooner than originally planned.  My wife Cathy has Multiple Sclerosis; she can still walk independently, but not as quickly as before.  I stay home with her to make sure she is ok, and to take a few vacations.  We are hopeful for continued stability with her MS, and a potential cure.  She has handled the diagnosis with continued strength, once again inspiring me to be my best.  Amazing how greatness can inspire, not only for yourself, but for all those around you.