The Team

Board of Directors

Mike Huggins, president & treasurer

Lives in Rosemary Beach

Mike is retired and moved to South Walton in early 2001. Prior to retirement, he spent 25 years as a consultant with Accenture specializing in complex project management and delivery. Having been born in North Carolina, Mike grew up in the US southeast. During his career, he lived and worked … read more

David Bailey, vice president

Lives in Grayton Beach

David is a licensed architect and urban planner who has lived and worked in Northwest Florida since 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Design from UF, and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Between 1991 and 2003, he worked in both Pensacola, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia, on a wide … read more

Jacquee Markel, secretary

Lives in Dune Allen

Jacquee grew up in New Jersey and attended Montclair State University. Atlanta became her second home where she met her husband of 23 years, Kenny Markel. Growing up in a creative family, Jacquee started a successful design business that combined her attention to detail with her keen sense of craftsmanship. … read more

Leigh Moore, director

Lives in Inlet Beach

Leigh has a professional background in human resources, management, operations and sales with SunTrust Bank and Alys Beach. She also previously served as the Executive Director of the Scenic Corridor Association. She is currently Director of Community Affairs for Howard Group where she initiates, participates in and promotes projects and … read more

Dave Rauschkolb, director

Lives in Watersound

Dave Rauschkolb has lived in South Walton for nearly 30 years and is the owner of 3 restaurants in Seaside and a Catering company in Grayton Beach. His flagship restaurant, Bud & Alley’s is the longest established restaurant in South Walton County. Dave has been very active over the years … read more

Jim Rester, director

Lives in Blue Mountain Beach

Prior to his retirement, Jim spent most of his career in the resort community development business.Came here in 1991 as CEO of Sandestin and later worked as CEO of St Joe-West Florida and CEO of Crescent Resources –Gulf Coast Division.Previously served as CEO of Amelia Island Plantation and CFO of … read more

The Community

ABSW wants to thank the many community supporters that are playing such an important role in helping ABSW address the critical concerns affecting South Walton and its future. We can’t do what we are doing without you. Details of community support and involvement include:

  • 101 people volunteered to donate their time.
  • 2,294 responses to our survey.
  • 710 people signed up for our newsletter.
  • Supporters have also generously given over 140 donations to help ABSW do the research necessary and get the word out to provide information to the citizens, businesses and visitors of South Walton regarding more effective governance and the potential for local representation.
The ABSW initiative is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a concern about the future of South Walton. It is the policy of ABSW not to take positions on the various political and hot-button issues that arise. However, many of our volunteers are active in the community and speak out on matters that they as individuals or other organizations that they represent believe warrant their voice.