My name is Richard Norman Whirley, and I was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. I grew up in Good Hope, Georgia, which is located just outside of Madison. I went to high school in Monroe, Georgia, and graduated from George Walton Academy. From there, I went on to college at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. There, I earned a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Management Information Systems. It was also there where I joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Masonic Lodge.
I was initiated into the Kappa Sigma Fraternity after 5 months and 3 days of pledgeship on February 8th, 2003. In that Order, I am a Master of the Ritual (#243) and One of Jackson's Men (#1786). I have served on several commissions including the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, Ritual Commission, IT Commission, Leadership and Education Commission, the Colony Development Commission, the Membership Commission, and as an Area Development Manager at the Endowment Fund.
I was initiated, passed, and raised in Benevolent Lodge #3 of Milledgeville, Georgia. I have served the Blue Lodge by holding the chairs of Junior Steward, Senior Steward, Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and Worshipful Master (2010). I have also gone through the Chapter, Council, and Commandery of the York Rite Degrees, and have served as the Eminent Commander of Plantagenet Commandery #12.
Professionally, my career began out of college traveling around the country gathering donations for the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund. The money that I raised gets redistributed for many purposes, most notably as scholarships for deserving undergraduates. This was a very valuable transition for me, and I was lucky enough to be employed by an organization that I am very passionate about.
After leaving the Endowment Fund, I went to work at Briggs Equipment in Atlanta. Briggs Equipment specializes in Material Handling Equipment, primarily industrial forklifts. I learned so many valuable lessons during my time of employment there, and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry.
After leaving Briggs Equipment, I began my career at Integrated Power Solutions (IPS). IPS provides critical power solutions for industries that have mission critical power. Data centers, 9-1-1 call centers, telecommunications centers, etc. simply cannot afford to have any kind of power failure- and IPS can provide all of the necessary solutions to ensure that power is maintained at all times.
After leaving IPS, I joined SED International, where I am currently employed as the Director of E-Commerce. I oversee our online sales and have recently joined our division of Logistics Support Services, where I am responsible for finding ways to increase efficiency in our business operations.