Vision for Niceville
Take full advantage of this unique opportunity to further develop Niceville in an intelligent fashion, introducing modern concepts while retaining our traditional historic charm. Solidify our community's designation as the best place to raise a family in the great State of Florida.
Sal was elected to the city council via special election in 2013 to fill the remaining term of Dr Bill Smith.
Sal is the Executive Vice President of Matrix Design Group and the Global Director of Federal Practices. He is responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans and leads the vertical integration of broad reaching Federal and Military practices. Prior to joining Matrix, Sal served for nearly 24 years in the United States Air Force, closing his career as the Installation Commander for Eglin AFB. He is a registered professional engineer and has led diverse teams in operations; delivering community services and public works; and, developing facility and infrastructure plans and programs. He has broad organizational leadership experience and has led over 6,000 personnel in complex domestic and international environments executing programs in excess of $70B.
Sal earned his Bachelors of Science in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 1988. He went on to earn five masters degrees, with extensive studies in Public Administration, Engineering, Organizational Management, and National Security Strategy.
Civic Involvement & Awards
Sal is involved in many non-profit activities and has leadership positions in numerous organizations. He is a Society of American Military Engineers Fellow and Regional Vice President and sits on the National Board of Directors. He is a board member for the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton County and for the Boy Scouts of America (Gulf Coast Council).
Sal has been awarded numerous major military decorations, to include two Legion of Merit Awards and two Bronze Star Medals. He is a "Distinguished Graduate" and "Outstanding Contributor" at all levels of professional military education and received the University of Delaware's "Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement" in 2008.
Married to Carla since 1992. They have two sons, Adam and Jason.