Roy Richards, Jr.

Background and expertise: Chairman of Southwire Company; served as past president of the International Cablemakers Federation; past chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; elected "Georgia's Most Respected CEO" in 1999 by readers of Georgia Trend magazine; active fly fisherman, downhill skier, and reader; resides with his family in Charleston, South Carolina.

Why I believe in protecting land and creating parks: "We are creatures that need open, natural space for our health and happiness. Without access to the land, we would be a lesser people. As our country becomes more urbanized, I believe it's time to rethink exploitation before all of our wild land is gone, and before parkland becomes too expensive to wrest from the path of development."

Why I support The Trust for Public Land: "I was introduced by another committed board member and have been attached ever since. I truly identify with the land-for-people mission. There is near-unanimous support for the protection of green space, once we remind people that it should be done. The Trust for Public Land advocates for conservation and provides the tools and financing to make it possible."