The Breeze Dozen: Cape Trailblazers — Carl Veaux
Each week the Cape Coral Breeze will feature a leader within the business community — public sector, private sector, or non-profit — asking a dozen questions that focus on the person and the business in which they hold a leadership role.
Name: Carl G. Veaux
Position: Retired educator, a veteran and conservationist
Company or organization: Retired, Lee County School District and USAF?Reserves
Industry: President of the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife and former president of Audubon of Southwest Florida
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Cape Coral
Your business at a glance:
What you do: I try my best to preserve the wildlife in our city, Cape Coral; our state, Florida; our country; and the world — from the burrowing owls to the orcas in the seas, to the elephants of Africa and tigers in India. I speak to our town council and the county commissioners. I go to Tallahassee to speak for clean water and wildlife, especially our Florida panthers. I sign off my letters by saying, “I speak for all the wild animals.” I am working hard to stop climate change.
Unique niche: Certainly in the right place at the right time, by fighting for environmental processes, laws and rules to save the wild animals, fish and ocean life — now is the time. This administration is taking every environmental protection, rules and laws off the books at all levels of government. I fight to put the good ones back on through the internet, phone, direct contact with my representatives and speaking at town council meetings, county commission meetings and even in Tallahassee. Being president of the Audubon Society of Southwest Florida and Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife certainly helps.
Bragging rights: Through my petitions, I have helped to save 76,500 acres of the Babcock Ranch, put Amendment 1 in place which supports Florida Forever, which has bought thousands of acres of prime conservation lands in the state. Last but not least, saving the old golf course in Cape Coral from development. Receiving 10 various awards over the years for my environmental advocacy. Being in the service of my country for over 27 years has helped to keep me on task when doing conservation work.
Where you see your business in five years: We hope to see even more burrowing owls and wildlife in the Cape.
Describe yourself in one word: Dedicated.
Hero, role model or mentor: Teddy Roosevelt.
Person you’d most like to meet: Al Gore.
Book that changed your life: “Silent Spring.”
Best business advice you’ve ever received: Do not quit ever.
Biggest risk you ever taken: Being in the military, when I signed on to give my life to God and country. And I did it 5 times serving for 27 years.
Personal passion: To preserve and protect all the animals and fish in the world from elephants to burrowing owls.
Guilty pleasure: Lobster, and more lobster.