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Frank Pinney

President and CEO,
Pinney Construction Inc.
Big Sur CA

Chief Emeritus, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Frank Pinney, with his wife, Kathy, co-founded their small construction company three decades ago in Big Sur California, specializing in high end architecturally significant homes and businesses on the Central Coast in Monterey County.

Frank has also served as a fire fighter, Chief, and member of the Board of Directors of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade over the past 42 years, and has led the community as Incident Commander during numerous major winter storm events and nationally recognized major wildfires.

He is a past member of the boards of the Big Sur Health Center, Big Sur International Marathon, Monterey County Fire Chiefs Association, past president of the Association of Monterey County Fire Districts and Volunteer Fire Companies, and numerous policy and work groups supporting emergency services for the residents and visitors to Big Sur and Monterey County. He also served as a Trustee of the Carmel Unified School District from 1991 to 1998

Frank attended the United States Naval Academy from 1959 to 1961, transitioned to and graduated with honors from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, with a BA in political science. He played football and wrestled at Annapolis, and was a nationally seeded wrestler at Sewanee, winning the Southeast Conference title at his weight class in 1963, and the silver medal in the NCAA College Division Nationals that same year. On graduation from Sewanee, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps (Reserve), and served on active duty from 1963 through 1965.

Frank joined IBM in 1965, and was promoted to Account Representative for Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC, and for Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA.. During this time, he assisted in the sale and installation of large capacity System 360 mainframe computers at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington DC, and in Okinawa and Danang, Vietnam, during the period from 1965 -1968.

In 1968 Frank joined a national firm, Advanced Systems Incorporated, an early IBM spin-off company headquartered in Chicago, where he served as corporate national sales manager developing and marketing computer and management systems education for major corporations and government agencies. He assisted with the IPO, which took the company public in 1970 and met his wife, Kathy Keenan, in Chicago in 1972.

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