Walter J. Brand, Jr.
Island Address: 400 D’Olive Avenue
Home Address: 216 Kingswood Ct,
Mobile, AL 36608
My wife and our 4 children have been visiting Dauphin Island since we moved to Mobile in 2008. We recently purchased a home on the East End where we spend most of our time when we aren’t otherwise engaged in our children’s sporting events, recitals, and other activities.
I have worked in the commercial banking industry for 17 years. I currently serve as the Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking for ServisFirst Bank in Mobile. During my career I have served as a board member for many 501c3 organizations, including the United Way of Southwest Alabama (Treasurer) and Housing First, Inc. (Treasurer, President). My family and I are deeply involved in our Church, Dauphin Way United Methodist, where I have served as Chairman for the Finance Committee, Church Council, and the Dauphin Way Foundation. Additionally, I am a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mobile District of the United Methodist Church.
Throughout both my professional and volunteer career, I have been exposed to many different organizations that are governed by Boards of Directors. In my experience, successful boards have three things in common; the ability to reach consensus, transparency in decision making, and proper financial management. If elected to the DIPOA, these principles will guide my decision making.
My vision for Dauphin Island is to ensure the island maintains its quaint, small-town atmosphere. We decided to purchase property on the Island to get away from the overcrowding and traffic of the beaches over the bay. However, this does not mean that there is not room for appropriate further development and improvement to the aesthetics of the Island. Specifically, the properties owned by the POA need to continue to be improved and managed for the benefit of all property owners, their guests, and island visitors.
Island Address: 203 Lacoste Ct.
In the past four years I am proud to say that I have remained true to my goals for the Association, but time flies, and I am hoping that you will allow me the opportunity to serve another three years. Dauphin Island was my 35th move, so I have quite a bit of perspective about what makes the island special. After weathering a few hurricanes, a massive oil spill, COVID, and other events, I still can’t imagine a better place to live.
The island has been my home since 2001. I moved here to finish a degree in civil engineering from University of South Alabama. I have been a practicing professional civil and structural engineer since 2009. My career has ranged from civil works projects, such as roads, parks, and flood studies, to industrial structural design and project management. As a civil engineer, I understand the importance of growth and planning. I support island development consistent with the original plans laid out in 1953. Those visions and intentions are exactly why Dauphin Island has remained such a unique place and why I served on the Architectural Committee for six years. The past few years have shown me how fast things can change, but I am confident that a strong Board will preserve all that is wonderful about the island.
I volunteer with Share the Beach, the local sea turtle nesting program, and the Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. I founded the Dauphin Island Bird Rescue Network in 2020. We have worked diligently to open the clubhouse to our members, increase property owner awareness and appreciation, and help manage numerous projects to maintain and improve our properties. If re-elected, I will continue to represent all property owners, resident and non-resident, and advocate for maintenance and improvement to our properties. I will also help to ensure that Dauphin Island does not become another coastal community replaced by an endless sea of commercial development.
Vincent J. Coda
Island Address: 2420 Bienville Blvd
My wife Marie and I moved to Dauphin Island in 2022 from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. We have been blessed with 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. I am a retired foot surgeon and practiced as an independent medical-surgical physician for over 30 years. During the first part of my career, I managed my own office completely on my own, allowing me the opportunity to learn a wealth of management experience both medically and in business practices. The other part of my career, I was an employed Physician for Parkview Health.
I had served as the chairman for the Indiana Podiatric Licensing Board for the last 20+ years. One of my duties as Chairman was being an administrative judge. I oversaw administrative hearings consisting of court recorders, legal representation from the Attorney General’s office and legal representation for the Physician in questioning as well as other physicians themselves. I was the board representative for the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association on the Midwest Podiatry Conference Board in Chicago, one of the largest podiatric medical meetings in the country and served as President four separate terms over the 28 years I served.
The number one reason I am seeking election and the honor of representing property owners as a board of director member on the DIPOA is to provide complete transparency. I envision an upgraded communication channel consisting of regular emails or postal mail sent to every property owner after every scheduled board meeting. I believe that property owners should be made aware of any expenditures or acquisitions. Property owners should be involved in the decision-making process of the board. Finally, the DIPOA should do things that are a direct benefit to all property owners, and I would ensure that I would be working and representing all owners on Dauphin Island.
Island Address: 332 Pineda Street
My goals for the DIPOA are simple. Uphold the constitution, foster community involvement through relationship building and transparency, be fiscally responsible, protect, preserve, and enhance our properties (not commercially develop them), increase revenue and profitability for the DIPOA.
My paternal grandparents bought property on Dauphin Island in 1954. Memories of spending my childhood days climbing the massive sand dunes and eating lunch in the clubhouse of the Isle Dauphine Country Club are plentiful. My uncle, Bill Phillips took my Aunt Anita on their first date to the Isle Dauphine Club in 1958. They ran his architectural business out of their full-time residence here on the island for over 34 years. I have traveled extensively and lived many places but ended up “back home” nine years ago to care for my mom.
I am active in the community and host/organize fund raisers for the Animal Rescue Foundation throughout the year. (Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride & The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws) I love this island, my neighbors and our closeknit community.
I spent most of my adult life caring for and serving others as a flight nurse/paramedic on helicopters and in the ER as well. I was a travel nurse for 10 years and lived in some wonderful areas from California to the US Virgin Islands before transitioning into the corporate world as a consultant for a Fortune 500 company. I have experience with RFP’s and project management but most importantly, great people skills and the ability to build strong relationships and trust with others. My work experiences have honed my leadership skills and my ability to make sound decisions along with the ability to drive increases in market share, revenue and profitability which will serve me well on the DIPOA board, should I be elected.
Island Address: 1601 Bienville Blvd, #416
Home Address: 1655 Lake Kegonsa Rd,
Stoughton, WI 53589
I am an accomplished professional with considerable experience in both corporate and small business. I have a proven track record for analyzing complex problem spaces, balancing conflicting objectives, and creating and driving actionable plans. I am passionate about finding, building, supporting, and protecting the hidden gems of America as well as improving the quality of life for everyone through travel, exploration, and hospitality.
I believe my professional and personal background and skills offer Dauphin Island a unique opportunity to respond to today’s needs and demands while preserving Dauphin Island’s laid-back-charm and way of life for residents and visitors alike. I discovered Dauphin Island in 2021 and fell in love. I bought into a condo at Holiday Isle and am considering making the Island my retirement home. I was a top technology and management leader for IBM’s key strategic offerings in Internet Technologies and Cloud Computing. I was at the forefront of developing and delivering critical products to establish and maintain IBM’s leadership role in the technology and services industry for almost 29 years. In my role, I built strong, collaborative, world-wide organizations with a diverse set of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to deliver IBM’s objectives.
In the past seven years, I have joined and launched several entrepreneurial endeavors focusing on the travel and hospitality industry. These include tourism retail, short term rentals, camping and tour operators, and long-term rentals where I have maintained strong year-to-year revenue and profit growth while protecting the core value propositions of my businesses. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Minnesota, Mankato in 1988. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, classic cars, motorcycling, bicycling, and hanging out with my partner, friends, and three grown children whenever I can.