Terry is a native San Diegan who grew up in Mission Hills and attended San Diego High School. As a teenager, Terry frequently vacationed in Del Mar.
Terry attended Pomona College, graduating in 1967. He then went on to U.S. Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island. He was commissioned in 1968 and served one tour on the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in Vietnam, and one tour as an instructor at Fleet Training Center, San Diego.
In 1972, Terry joined San Diego Gas & Electric, where he spent 22 years in various roles, including industrial engineering, marketing, distribution planning, and customer service. He completed his SDG&E career after serving as Director of Customer Service Operations for north San Diego County. It was in this position that Terry gained an understanding of the unique character of local municipalities in North County.
While at SDG&E, Terry earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from San Diego State University.
Terry left SDG&E in 1994 and established his own management consulting business, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, executive leadership, and customer service. His clients included over 26 local profit and non-profit organizations including UCSD, Cubic Corporation, the County of San Diego, and the San Diego Padres.
Terry has been active in the Del Mar community for over 10 years. In 2003, he helped define the City’s future by facilitating Del Mar’s Vision 2020 workshops. He successfully brought residents together to underground utilities in the Ocean View Pines neighborhood. Terry served on the City’s Finance Committee from 2004-2007 and the boards of Del Mar Community Connections and Friends of Del Mar Parks.
Terry and his wife Judi moved to Del Mar in 1976, where they raised two children, Leslie and John; and now have five grandchildren. Terry became a widower in 2007. He now spends his time working in the community, traveling, and enjoying his family.