UNIVERSITY PLACE — A race is on in University Place for City Council this November. Frank Boykin, Vice Chair of the University Place Planning Commission, father, husband, and Account Manager with United Parcel Service (UPS) is seeking election to the University Place City Council in Position #6.
Boykin was appointed to University Place’s Planning Commission in 2010, and then reappointed again in 2014. He’s served as the Commission’s Vice Chair since 2012. He was also one of 6 finalists for a city council appointment in 2010 upon the passing of former Councilmember and Mayor Jean Brooks in 2009.
Employed with United Parcel Service for more than 20 years, he began and excelled in the IT realm, then later moved to the Business Development arena. Boykin has managed and grown accounts for UPS, the world’s leader in logistics and enabling commerce at the local, regional, and national level. He’s currently responsible for the relationship with one of UPS’s largest Enterprise clients: Amazon.
“In my roles on the Planning Commission, community engagement and UPS, I get excited about opportunities to position organizations for growth, strength, leadership and the brightest future possible. I love being on the forefront of innovative ideas and solutions that offer the best options for prosperity and highest quality of life,” said Boykin. “Everything we do right now should be for the benefit of the generations to come.”
Boykin has a legacy of leadership and community service in his lineage, as his father, Frank Sr. was a Commissioner of the St. Louis Housing Authority. But this son has his own record of impressive community service, including his current membership on the Northwest Leadership Foundation’s board, his past service on the board of Annie Wright School and his appointment by Governor Locke to WA’s Commission on African American Affairs. It all speaks to his desire to connect his passions, his values and his skill set. At UPS, Frank has served on the Congressional Awareness Team for more than 10 years, helping to strengthen UPS’s relationships with members of Congress as they consider laws and policy regarding transportation, commerce and logistics.
“If you are doing all that you can to grow and improve your community or your company or your organization for everybody in it, everybody, including me, gets the benefit of it,” Boykin said. “My father taught us that it’s our obligation to use the gifts that we have, and to bloom where we are planted. He always said ‘If you can’t use it, what good is it?’ I live my life by that mantra everyday.”
Boykin is convinced he’ll bring valuable skills to the table that UP’s city council can use: business savvy, unparalleled passion, leadership skills, and a spirit of partnership and inclusion. “I’m amazed and impressed with how much growth and change has happened in UP … even in 10 short years. This vibrant, diverse community we call home is poised as Pierce County’s next big “breakout star” and from here we’re only going up. As a body, the council is responsible for the vision and leadership to determine how high we go.”
Boykin feels his tenure on the Planning Commission has been a wonderful forum to hone his skills, and to understand what the council’s needs are in order to help the city move forward. “I’m running for city council because University Place can benefit from my leadership skills, my passion for community, my business savvy and my desire to ensure a thriving hometown for future generations. When elected, I’ll work everyday with that as my mission.”
Boykin plans to run an energetic, grass-roots campaign that will prioritize meeting more of his neighbors, listening to the voters and strengthening community relationships and partnerships.
“I really enjoy meeting my neighbors, listening to their ideas and concerns,” said Boykin. “I’m excited for the upcoming campaign season and the opportunity to extend my service to the people of University Place and connect our vision to the future we want to see.”
A campaign kickoff will be held Thursday, July 30 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at:
Pierce County Environmental Services Building
9850 64th Street West University Place, WA 98467