That was a big dream for a kid growing up in Malvern, Ohio (population 1200). As Huffman toiled away on a hay farm, then a dairy farm, a corn farm and eventually a cattle farm, his sights began to set on the possibility owning his own landscaping business.
Huffman’s plans and job opportunities changed a dozen times before he landed in the Lowcountry at the Charleston County School District.
Huffman worked in a plumbing and heating supply workshop. Then he was able to land a job as an auto mechanic at a car dealership thanks to his uncle passing along the needed skills. After almost five years there he moved to Canton, OH where he met his wife Amy on a blind date in 1999.
They married in 2002 all while his career took some twists and turns, from a manufacturing warehouse to a CDL driver for Caterpillar - the farm work experience, and running heavy duty machinery paid off. All the while, in the back of his mind, was a promise he had made to Amy about moving south one day.
Huffman would have to make good on that promise sooner than he thought. A vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina ended in a nightmare of a ride home. Car trouble and traffic turned a nine hour drive into a 19 hour drive.
It didn’t take Amy long to ask him if he was ready to move yet so that they could live where they vacationed and never have to travel south again.
Huffman agreed to start looking for jobs and applied for a grounds leadership position with CCSD. Then the couple headed off for Charleston.
After four years, the position evolved and Huffman was named assistant manager. He turned the Grounds Department into a well-oiled machine. When Huffman started the grounds department he had work orders that were over a year old. Now the majority of work orders are less than a week old. The only exception is for large projects or items waiting on future funding.
During his tenure with the department, Huffman became a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and took on the responsibilities of overseeing the district's playground installations, maintenance, and safety as well as managing the department’s employees and vendors.
Always striving to excel, Huffman also obtained his South Carolina Pesticide Applicator's license.
As part of his position, Huffman was tasked with starting the Storm Water Department from the ground up. He had the vision to manage the district's storm water infrastructure. He attended courses through Clemson University and obtained the Master Pond Manager and Certified Post-Construction PMP Inspector certifications. This equipped him and his storm water employees to implement storm water management practices, conduct routine and thorough inspections on the wet and dry ponds, and perform any necessary maintenance.
Most recently Huffman transferred to the position of Environmental Manager where he monitors and addresses indoor air quality, asbestos, lead, in-ground storage tanks, and mold remediation.