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Unread 10-13-2010, 07:55 AM   #1
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Having had several conversations about the KCBS BoD election that is approaching, over the last few months, I took the time to think about how I'd determine who I'd vote for. I came up with the basic criteria below.

It's going to take more than name recognition for me to cast a vote this year.

I need to see that a candidate has skills to offer to KCBS, whether that's management experience, a technical background that would be beneficial, experience in helping a business or other NFP grow efficiently, etc.

I need some clear examples of issues they believe in, and will work to develop while serving. I want to hear something other than helping foster harmony and cooperation on the board. While I believe that it's crucial, I believe that it will be such a common theme that it will be meaningless as a discriminating factor. A good start would be a clear statement on what they believe the role of the BoD should be and what they will do to help achieve that goal. I'd like to see some form of a code of conduct or ethics developed, with some clear repercussions if one or the other is violated.

Most importantly, I will only vote for someone that I believe will act as a "Director" and not a "Manager". I want to be able to vote for a candidate that is interested in taking advantage of the growth opportunities that may present themselves, and run this organization like a business and not a dysfunctional club.

While I'm grateful for the service of the existing BoD, and members that have served in the past, I think it's time for a change. As the board exists now, I've heard too many scraps and seen too much evidence of grudges, feuds, and burned bridges to have any confidence that there will be a change in the way that the business of the BoD is carried out without a significant change in the makeup of that board. Anyone meeting the qualifications outlined above, and that I can reasonably believe will put forth the effort to remain free of the existing polarization of the current BoD and carry out their duties for the benefit of the organization has a shot at my vote.

EDIT: I should add that my dissatisfaction is with the current board as a whole. Not individual members or factions. The polarization that exists today, is there because it has been allowed to grow.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 08:09 AM   #2
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I truly believe the entire thing is a joke. We are cooking food for money. This is way too serious and political for what it is. It is nice to have organization and rules, but once they are set which they are, either follow them or dont participate.
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I am pretty much removed from the KCBS politics out here...other than what I read on the forums...this one in particular. As a KCBS member with a vote I also take my queue from you folks as to who to vote for. I will be watching and reading with an open mind...thanks for starting this thread Jorge!
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I agree. The BoD needs to move to a more 'Corporate' level where you actually let people do their jobs. I don't feel it is the place of the BoD to deal with the day to day running of the KCBS. It's their job to have a vision and move that vision to the reality.

When a company, and let's not fool ourselves KCBS is a company, is small, a leadership role requires getting down in the trenches. Once that company grows the role of leadership changes, less shovels and more vision. You want to know what a BoD should be doing, let's see... Board of Directors... Director to me is someone that gives direction and leadership, it’s that simple.
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Well said
I have started with a theme of "helping foster harmony and cooperation on the board."
Specifics concerning the future will be added as the campaign continues.
It is October and we have a long way to go here.
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I'm with you, Jorge. One of the other things I'll be looking at is if any of the nominees are in cahoots with past/existing BOD members.
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I'm with you, Jorge. One of the other things I'll be looking at is if any of the nominees are in cahoots with past/existing BOD members.
I agree and I'll be looking to see if they're in cahoots with the Executive Director as well. She is way more involved in the bull**** than people want to believe.
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I agree and I'll be looking to see if they're in cahoots with the Executive Director as well. She is way more involved in the bull**** than people want to believe.
Thanks for the inside info. When of the best things I like about you Ray is that you always speak your mind.
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I have been a member now of KCBS since 07 and I keep asking myself why? In three years, I have seen too much High School student council B.S.

I am looking for BOD members who will listen to its membership and implement change for the better. Tired of the Cronie Network and lack of professionalism!
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I truly believe the entire thing is a joke. We are cooking food for money. This is way too serious and political for what it is. It is nice to have organization and rules, but once they are set which they are, either follow them or dont participate.
Life would be wonderful if everything were black and white. Nothing becomes simple as soon as money is involved. Someone has to run the organization.
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Nobody is going to nominate me so I can chime in. The KCBS is a business, a not for profit business. It's product is the sanctioning of bbq contests, and it's customers are the contest organizers, bbq teams and members. As any other business it can sink or swim based on the customer's satisfaction with the product. As I look at the KCBS, I see a company that is successful in spite of themselves. It seems that the board of directors have lost their focus and their customers are unsatisfied. Like any other business, the KCBS should be run by a group of professionals, who can make decisions without emotion or personal agendas. Most companies hire and fire their executives based on performance and the KCBS should be no different. Yes, it is time for change . It is time for the KCBS to be run like a proper business focused on growth and the satisfaction of their customers. We as the customers should let the BOD how dissatisified we are and elect BOD members who can put their emotions and personal adgenda's aside and tend to the business of satisfying their customers.
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Wow seems like you guys are looking for a BBQ fan that sits on the board of a major company, is a director of a firm, has worked in more than 5 fortune 500 companies in a management roll and knows what it takes to give it's "customers" what they want.

The problem is unless the person runs a campaign and invest a lot of time and effort it's very doubtful anyone will elect him. So basically you end up getting a person that is popular and has a lot of support struggling to figure out how to keep that support instead of pleasing the customers.
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Do KCBS board members receive compensation in any form? No I'm not interested, just curious why some may be
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Life would be wonderful if everything were black and white. Nothing becomes simple as soon as money is involved. Someone has to run the organization.

Is there more to this than I know??? Are they volunteers? I have an idea, if everyone hates it so much why doesnt anyone boycot? People just like to bitch. Like BP, its the busiest gas station in my area but three months ago everyone hated them. Sometimes you just have to deal with what is dealt and if this is truly a business and you dont like how its ran, GO ELSEWHERE. Simple...
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Is there more to this than I know??? Are they volunteers? I have an idea, if everyone hates it so much why doesnt anyone boycot? People just like to bitch. Like BP, its the busiest gas station in my area but three months ago everyone hated them. Sometimes you just have to deal with what is dealt and if this is truly a business and you dont like how its ran, GO ELSEWHERE. Simple...
Matt, I understand your point but don't agree. You've had some success at competition BBQ that is well earned. You've been able to reap some of the benefits from the organization. Some of the things that you may appreciate about KCBS have been made possible by the work of others that felt contributing to the organization was worthwhile. If nobody gave a flip, where would that organization be?

Beyond that, paying members have every right to voice their opinion and/or bitch. It's no different than owning stock in a company. When KCBS accepted my payment for my membership I went from being a customer to an investor.
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