In this week’s Personality Profile, we feature Dee Lindsey, a local county commissioner who also owns a small consulting engineering firm with a primary focus on serving electric cooperatives throughout the southeast and midwest U.S.
LOH: Can you please tell our readers what you do for a living?
Dee: I have a home office here and currently two others located in South Carolina and Indiana. Prior to the founding of PowerTech Engineering in the spring of 2000, I was previously employed by Southern Engineering in Atlanta. I joined that firm after 13 years of working locally for Rayle EMC. During my tenure at Rayle EMC, I met many newcomers to our lake community.
I was able to become involved in local civic and trade organizations such as the Lions Club, Optimists Club, Rotary Club, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and the Lake Oconee Home Builders Association. I also served on the revamped Greene County Chamber of Commerce board and served as its chairman during the Olympic year of 1996. Several years ago, I decided it was time to slow down on career and get back involved in helping my local community. Little did I know at the time, that decision would land me today serving our local citizens as a Greene County Commissioner and as a member of the Greene County Development Authority.
LOH: How long have you lived in the Lake Country region?
Dee: I was born and raised in Greene County. Tradition and family heritage has always been very important in my life. I’m the third of four generations to become members of our local First Baptist Church in Union Point. Historically, I believe my family was the first ever to be represented by three generations on our church’s Deacon council at the same time when I served with my grandfather and my dad. That three-generation record was again repeated when my son later served as deacon with my dad and me. I was raised in the south where large family gatherings and large church gatherings—both steeped in tradition—were the norm. My local roots and sense of community are very important to me.
LOH: Where are you originally from?
Dee: “Where are you from?” is a question I’m often asked. Many of my newcomer friends are often surprised to learn that I’m a native of this area – and also related to many of the other natives.
LOH: What do you enjoy most about living here?
Dee: I love the fact that so many newcomers are either attracted to our lake life or the sense of community within our existing traditional neighborhoods. Our local folks are all about Southern Hospitality and we welcome everyone to our own local version of “Mayberry.”
LOH: Where is your favorite place to eat in the region?
Dee: Holcomb’s BBQ will always be my favorite. I love the Yesterday Cafe and the Iron Fork for lunch. The new Bistro on 44 is also quickly winning my heart. That said, there are many other great eating establishments for the choosing.
LOH: Who are some of your inspirations in life?
Dee: My two sisters and I were blessed to have great parents—each with a very close knit extended family consisting of our grandparents, aunt and uncles, and cousins on both sides who all loved to gather together regularly. They all set great examples and had a tremendous impact on my formative years. My father and my grandfather are the two men I admire most. My grandfather left us at the age of 90 almost 20 years ago. My dad, now at 81, is still out working on his cattle farm every day. Between these two men, I’ve spent my first 60 years witnessing firsthand, how a man should live a good and humble Christian life. I can only strive to be more like them.
LOH: Do you have any hobbies?
Dee: Over the years, my hobbies have evolved from woodworking, to hunting & fishing, to golf, to car and antique tractor restoration, and more recently to outdoor grilling and smoking. I haven’t excelled at any of these but I’ve certainly enjoyed the journey.
LOH: What does a healthy day look like for you?
Dee: My idea of a healthy day is any day I can gather the wherewithal to avoid my favorite pork BBQ or steak and feel good about eating grilled fish or a salad for dinner. My cardiologist recently gave me a good report.
LOH: Anything else you’d like the readers to know about yourself or living in the Lake Country region?
Dee: I’m somewhat of a political anomaly. On the national level, I’m strictly a conservative. However, on the local level, I’m all about listening to and addressing the concerns of others in our growingly diverse lake area community. As a local county commissioner, I feel my first and foremost obligation is to strive to improve the economic quality of life for all of our local citizens. Beyond that, I’ve been pleased to welcome so many newcomers into our local community who share my concerns. Many bring with them a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous sense of local volunteerism. Our community is blessed to have them working with us for the good of all.