By Orange County Register
For his generosity to the community and commitment to integrity, Rand Sperry, of Orange Park Acres, will be honored among seven others by the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America as a man of character.
“It’s a tough world that we’re in, and we’re trying to look for individuals who have created a legacy of service to be mentors,” said Ralph Linzmeier, event co-chair.
The selection process is extensive because every eligible man in Orange County is considered, according to Devon Dougherty, chief development officer with Boy Scouts of America. Each honoree is selected for his “devotion to family, faith and community.” The men also demonstrate the traits of Scout Law, among which are being trustworthy, helpful, friendly, brave and reverent.
This will be Sperry’s first recognition by the community, he said, and he is humbled by the acknowledgement.
Q. Why do you think you were chosen to be among this year’s Men of Character?
A. Well, I think anyone who is selected wonders why — why me of so many people in the county that do such great things and good things. You can always identify someone else and say, yeah they deserve it, they did a lot of things. I am involved in a lot of things, and I do it for my own satisfaction. I don’t do it for the acknowledgement. I give back, yeah, money, but a lot of it is time. So, I guess that’s why they honored me.
I’ve got a good reputation in the community because I own a real estate brokerage company and it’s national and we invest in real estate in the multimillion dollar range. I do have a little bit of a profile, being in the kind of business I am in. I’m proud to say that we run a great business and we’re very honest in what we do. We try to help businesses as well as give back to the community.