In 2011, Purdy moved to Cape Coral with his wife Heather to help her elderly father remain independent. Although their jobs allowed them to work anywhere in the United States, and the move was supposed to be temporary, they ended up falling in love with the area and decided to make it their permanent home.
Purdy is a United States Army veteran that has 30 percent service disability. He joined the service in 1973 when he was 17 years old after quitting high school. He later received his high school diploma from Frankfurt American High School, Bad Hersfeld, West Germany, while he was stationed on the border of west and east Germany in 1976.
His career afforded him the opportunity to gain extensive international experience as a business executive.
In 2000 and 2001 in China and Brazil, Purdy was responsible for startup development of two assembly plants, as well as assembling a large foundry green sand casting machine to be marketed and sold in Asia and South America. Branch offices were developed in India and Italy by Purdy, as well as expanding the International Sales Agent Network to include 39 countries on six continents.
His work also afforded him the opportunity to oversee and participate in industrial trade shows on five continents. The World Foundry Organization was among one of the industry conference panels he was asked to speak at during his career.
Purdy also served as a board of director for the Safari Club International Wisconsin chapter from 1994 to 2001. While he served as a board member he witnessed four new chapters being established in Wisconsin in four years.
After moving to Southwest Florida, Purdy learned about Wounded Warrior Anglers while the Souders were selling boat raffle tickets for their annual fundraiser at Miceli’s Restaurant. Soon after learning more about the organization, Purdy also wanted to help in a larger way by offering his experience.
“I wanted to be involved as board member with WWA as I feel strongly that many, many veterans and their families are in need of what WWA can provide,” he said. “As a member of the board I can lend my experience to many facets of WWA as they grow and assist not only national direction, but help to mentor individual chapter leaders and individuals.”
Purdy sees great things for the organization’s future, which all begins with assisting in the success and growth of the existing chapters.
“Of course like many things, it’s good to think in terms of growth, but at the same time we need to assist in the success and growth of the existing chapters as well,” he said.
When looking five and ten years down the road, Purdy hopes the organization will reach other regions outside of Florida.
“Hopefully in 10 years, our organization can become part of a synergistic network of veteran groups to see that the needs of all veterans and their families are being met in a timely and effective manner,” he said.