Financial & housing corporation directors
Charles P. Boyd
(Mississippi State ’65)
Boyd pledged Mississippi Theta at Mississippi State University in the fall of 1961 and was initiated on September 17, 1961. In his undergraduate years, he served his chapter as Pledge Educator, Eminent Deputy Archon and Eminent Archon. He also served in many leadership positions on campus, such as president of the Student Association Judicial Council. On a national level, Boyd was the delegate to the 1963 Chicago Convention and made one of the nominating speeches for Past ESA Paul Jacob.
Boyd earned a B.S in engineering and a B.S. in business at Mississippi State University. Following graduation he joined IBM Corporation and was employed there for 34 years. He held positions in sales, marketing, development and manufacturing and retired in Atlanta as an executive in the newly established consulting division. He held professional-services executive positions in several small internet-software companies and is currently Chief Operating Officer in a small-management consulting firm in Atlanta.
He serves as chairman of the board of the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association, having been president for several terms. During his tenure, the association was recognized many times as one of the top area associations in the Realm. He is a long-time adviser for Georgia Phi at Georgia Tech, is a past Province Epsilon-Alpha Archon and currently serves on the Province Epsilon-Alpha Council. He is a member of the Alumni Services Standing Committee.
Boyd is a Nippert Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He has received several Certificates of Appreciation, the Order of the Lion in 1999 and the Merit Key in 2001. He received the Distinguished Service Award during the Fraternity’s sesquicentennial celebration on the steps of the Mother Mu chapter house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in March 2006. Boyd lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Dr. Beverly Y. Langford. He can be reached at email@example.com.
W. Gary Westling
Vice President, Facilities
(Cal State-Long Beach ’83)
Westling pledged and was initiated to the California Lambda chapter at California State University at Long Beach in the spring of 1980. As an undergraduate, he served his chapter as Eminent Chronicler, Eminent Herald and Province Chi Undergraduate Representative.
As an alumnus, Westling has served the Fraternity in a variety of positions, including Province Chi and Province Chi-Alpha Archon, Province Chi-Alpha Deputy Archon, Province Chi Recorder, member of the Greater Long Beach Alumni Association, Cali-fornia Lambda Chapter Adviser and Chairman of the Council of Province Archons for the past three years. Westling is the recipient of the Merit Key and Order of Minerva Awards and was recognized by the Supreme Council as the 2011 Province Archon of the Year.
Westling earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management at the School of Engineering at Cal State-Long Beach in 1983. He has more than 30 years of experience in the development and construction industries, a skill-set he believes will assist the Financial & Housing Corporation board with its unique challenges in managing the construction of fraternity housing. For the last eight years, Westling has been responsible for the development and construction of multi-family projects throughout California, including condominium/apartment complexes, high-rise buildings and senior-citizen facilities. Westling is currently employed by Western National Contractors as a Project Manager for the Irvine Company in Marina Del Rey.
Westling has dedicated more than 25 years as an alumnus volunteer at Long Beach City College, serving as president and member of its Athletic Foundation for 14 years, and has served as chairman of the Bond Citizen Oversight Committee, assisting with a $740-million budget for the restoration of two campus facilities in Long Beach. He is a Governor of LBCC, where he raises money for the student’s education and scholarship programs.
Westling resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Stacey, and son, Trent, who is also a brother. He is an avid fisherman and water-skiing enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R. Mark “Hondo” Davids
(Maryland-College Park ’77)
Davids was initiated into the Maryland Beta chapter in Janu¬ary 1973, serving three terms as Eminent Archon and four terms as Steward. His chapter received the John O. Moseley Award for Fraternity Zeal in 1976. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and reported for duty at Quantico.
Davids has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture education from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Troy University. He also graduated from many military courses during his more than 22 years of service with the Marine Corps. His military occupational specialties included aviation supply, financial management and acquisitions.
Davids retired from the Marines in 1999, and his awards include the Joint Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement, National Defense and Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medals. In addition, he was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 893 and held other volunteer positions during his 22 years of service to that organization. He earned the Scoutmaster Key and District Award of Merit. Following his career with the Marine Corps, he served as a Navy contractor, working for the Navy’s Air Warfare Division at the Pentagon. His duties included developing requirements and oversight of a $35-million budget for the aircraft-carrier program.
In addition, he has served as the Director of the John O. Moseley Leadership School, Province Gamma Archon and Deputy Archon, Province Omicron Deputy Archon, Virginia Delta Chapter Adviser, member of the Maryland Beta House Corporation and President of both the Northern Virginia Area and Maryland Beta Alumni Associations. He is a recipient of the Merit Key Award, Order of the Phoe¬nix, Order of the Lion and Order of Minerva as well as other certificates and recognitions.
Davids is a Bunting Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation and is now enjoying his retirement in Centreville, Virginia. He has a son, Chris, who is a brother and who works at the Pentagon; a daughter, Gina, a First Lieutenant in the Army; and three grandchildren. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Gregory D. Brandt
Supreme Council Liaison
Brandt pledged Iowa Delta at Drake University in the fall of 1983 and was initiated in the spring of 1984. As a pledge, he was elected Eminent Deputy Archon for the chapter. Brandt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with majors in accounting and corporate finance. After graduation, Brandt attended Drake University Law School and was elected Student Body President. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for the 8th Judicial District for the State of Iowa. Brandt was an Assistant Polk County Attorney specializing in the area of drug and gang prosecution.
In 1995, he went into private practice in a general-litigation law firm and, three years later, was appointed as a District Associate Judge for the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Iowa. At the time, Brandt was the youngest District Associate Judge in the state. He is past Province Tau Archon, a position he held from 1999-2007. Brandt was the Chairman of the Council of Province Archons from 2001-2003. He has served on the Permanent Committee on Fraternity Laws for many years and as the chairman of the Convention Committee on Fraternity Laws twice. Brandt has served on faculty for the John O. Moseley and several province Leadership Schools. Furthermore, he has been Chapter Adviser for Iowa Delta for many years and has held several positions on the Iowa Delta Alumni Association and house corporation boards.
At the 2007 Convention in Washington D.C., Brandt was elected as a director for the Financial & Housing Corporation, where he served as the secretary for two-and-a-half years. Brandt is a Founder Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He is a two-time recipient of the Order of the Lion and received the Merit Key in 2004. He has also been selected as an Outstanding Chapter Adviser.
He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, Julie, and their two children: Nick and Katie.
Blaine K. Ayers
Ayers serves as Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s 13th Eminent Supreme Recorder and Executive Director, taking office in December 2011. He became a member of the Fraternity in the fall of 1997 while attending the University of Kentucky. He is a graduate of the 64th John O. Moseley Leadership School in 1999. While at Kentucky Epsilon, Ayers served in numerous roles, including Eminent Deputy Archon and IFC President. He was awarded Greek Man of the Year, Homecoming King and the W. T. Young Outstanding Contribution Award while at UK. He is also a member of Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.
After graduating in 2001 with a degree in history, Ayers became a teacher and a coach at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. During his five-year coaching career, he was on staff for four state titles in football and one in track. Ayers became the youngest teacher, and the earliest in his tenure, to earn Teacher of the Year at Trinity in his second year of teaching. During that time, he also obtained his master’s degree in education from Spalding University and was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the school. Ayers left Trinity in December of 2006 for a brief stint as an Assistant Dean of Students at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky. In 2007, he joined the Fraternity Service Center as a Regional Director and served as the Associate Executive Director of Chapter and Alumni Services from May 2009 to November 2011.