Buzz was born and raised in Tallahassee. After graduating from FSU in 1963 with a degree in Marketing, he was employed by Florida’s Secretary of State, Tom Adams. In 1966, he moved to Coral Gables to head up the Secretary of State’s South Florida Regional Office.
In 1969, Buzz returned to Tallahassee to work for The Tallahassee Bank and Trust Company, A Barnett Bank, as Director of Marketing and Business Development. In early 1972, Buzz went to work for a new independent bank, The Florida State Bank located on Thomasville Road. The bank became known as “The Bank with all the Flowers”. In partnership with a local nursery, the bank became a “must see” site because of its beautiful flower gardens. The idea caught on and businesses all over Tallahassee began to beautify their grounds with flowers.
In the mid 1980’s, a local investment group, Regional Investment Fund, purchased Andrew Jackson Savings Bank and later First South Bank. Buzz, a Regional investor, became Executive Vice President, Funds Acquisition. In addition to all marketing and advertising activities, he was responsible for branch development, opening branches from Pensacola to Naples and Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine.
In 1998, Buzz retired to spend more time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing, hiking and camping, travel, farming, beach time and listening to classical music.
In addition to his career in banking, Buzz was actively involved in the Capital Tiger Bay Club as a founding member and its first Executive Director, serving for 25 years. Although his initial responsibility was for all administrative aspects of the club, it was the programming that he enjoyed the most. Outside of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., perhaps no other club in America had a more prestigious group of speakers in that time. For 25 years, the likes of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush; Vice Presidents Al Gore and Walter Mondale; Presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, John Kerry, Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan came to Tallahassee to speak to the club. Also included on Tiger Bay’s programming were prominent foreign ambassadors and diplomats, well-known national journalists, press and media personalities, political humorists, national civil rights and women’s rights leaders and more.
Buzz married his college sweetheart, Betty Ann Eastridge. They have two children and three grandchildren.