Charles H. Vaughan (Charlie)
The Villages, FL
Village of Sunset Pointe
District 5 in the Villages
What attracted you to the Villages?
The key for me was “opportunity”, the opportunity to learn and try new things in retirement. I have not been disappointed. Since moving here over two years ago I have become active in water volleyball, the old-time radio club, learning how to play the ukulele and playing drums in the Villages Twirlers and Drum Corps.
Why are you running for the District 5 seat?
Simply said, the opportunity for service, to maintain the high quality of life we have here and make things better. The Villages and District 5 are great places to live and play. That is no accident as there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make everything look “easy”. I have been involved with management and customer service all my life, from being a high school teacher, a U.S. Navy Supply Corps Captain, to retiring as a Vice President of the Navy Exchange Service Command which made serving Sailors and their families their #1 priority. I believe I have the background in management and finance to be an effective partner to the District and residents of District 5.
From teacher to V.P. Can you give us a snapshot of that road?
Well I started my adult career as a high school teach in Charlotte N.C. but had a real desire to serve my country; so, I joined the Navy and began life as an Ensign aboard ship providing retail and disbursing services to the crew. Twenty-nine years later after afloat, expeditionary and high-level staff jobs with Defense Logistics Agency, NATO and the Pentagon, I retired as a reserve Captain, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy. When I wasn’t serving the country in my military uniform I was doing it as a civilian for the Navy Exchange Service Command, the folks who operate the retail sales and service activities on Navy Bases. The Navy Exchange gave me lots of opportunity to serve the Sailor as Director of Navy uniforms, Director Afloat Communications, Deputy Commander of the Navy Exchange and as the V.P. for worldwide Afloat retail and service operations.
I was a busy fellow, but I also served as a Trustee on our 1.5-billion-dollar pension fund and after I retired, the CEO asked me to come back as the Chief Investment Officer and Chairperson of the Pension Fund; in which I am currently performing. Also, during my tenure, I was honored to receive the Vice-Presidential Excellence in Government Award.
Any last Comments?
“I have a lifetime of experience working in effective teams, managing operations and working with groups to accomplish common goals. I believe that my work experience in management and investment finance can be applied in meaningful ways to maintain and improve the quality of life for District 5. The Villages is my home and I would like the opportunity to serve the4 community.
1972 -1977 High School German Teacher, Charlotte N.C.
1977 -1980. U. S. Navy. Active Duty Supply Corps Officer
1980 -1982. Consultant various firms to U. S. Navy Sea Systems Command
1982-2016. Navy Exchange Service Command
-Staff Officer to the Vice Commander Navy Supply Systems Command
-Deputy and then General Manager Navy Recruit Center San Diego Navy Exchange
-Director Navy Uniform Program
-Director Navy Afloat Retail Communications program
-Vice President Afloat Retail and Service Operations
-Interim Deputy Commander Navy Exchange Service Command
-Trustee Navy Exchange / Coast Guard Pension Fund
2017 -Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of Navy Exchange & Coast Guard Pension Fund
Captain, U. S. Navy, retired (30 year’s service)
Supply Officer USS OLIVER S. PERRY (FFG-7)
Assignments to Pentagon, Defense Logistics Agency,
NATO, Expeditionary Forces
-BA. Catawba College, Salisbury N.C. Attended the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Germany during Junior year.
-Masters of Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte