Candidate's Office: International Director

Region Number: 6

Toastmasters member since: 2007

Education: Associates Degree Computer Science

Employer and/or position: Mayfran International – Member of Tsubakimoto Chain

Served as district governor of district number: 10

Term of service: 2016-2017

In term as district governor, district achieved:

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):

  • 2016-2017 – District Director, District 10
  • 2015-2016 – Program Quality Director
  • 2014-2015 –Club Growth Director
  • 2011-2012 – Distinguished District Governor District 10
  • 2010-2011 – Lt. Governor Education and Training

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2015-2016 –Excellence in Program Quality
  • 2014-2015 –Excellence in Club Growth
  • 2011-2012 – Distinguished District (14th in the world, up from 86th).
  • 2010-2011 – Excellence in Education

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:

IT Manager - Mayfran International. I am part of the top 8 of my company (Management Team) International teamwork - Implemented ERP systems in USA and Europe, Headed globalization projects, Part of the Global IT strategy for Tsubakimoto Japan. A good understanding of working globally; culturally and business. Global Leadership helps form servant Leadership in some of the cultural experiences that I have had.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

I work in conjunction with the Mayfran Management team and the Tsubakimoto global IT team to develop and implement short, mid and long range plans for the company and globally. I have worked as a corporate IT person within Mayfran globalizing products and parts through the use of common technologies.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Within Mayfran I create and manage the IT budget and roughly half the CAPEX spending. Within Toastmasters I have managed the District Budget twice. Created and managed corporate level dash boarding for sales, scheduling, labor, budgeting.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

Develop or contribute to policies within my company (IT, HR, Accounting). Document procedures (all departments). Collaborate with all types of positions from corporate BOD to end users. I also audit many process flows and ISO documents in the corporate environment. Developing and contributing to global policies within IT and the corporate structure as well.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Positivity, teaching, empowering, transparency and encouraging while ensuring that integrity, respect, service and excellence are upheld are paramount to success. Without creating a leadership pipeline, you become stagnant. Examining results does not produce change. Change produces results. Empowering others into leadership keeps a strong succession plan for a company and Toastmasters. Servant leadership builds the type of environment to empower others versus managing people.

What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?

Creativity, teamwork, levelheadedness, leadership, cohesiveness and practicality, intertwined with a bit of humor for levity. I have a good global perspective. I understand conflict management well and participate collaboratively for a positive outcome. My project management skills are strong.

Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?

I believe I am one of the most highly qualified persons in region 6 to serve on the board of directors. Being a trio member five times gives me unique insight into the history of what we’ve been doing strategically and operationally. As a servant leader, I have visited over 60% of the clubs in our district, witnessing what strong clubs do, and what struggling clubs can improve on. I’ve sponsored, mentored, and coached officially and unofficially multiple clubs. I’ve been through district officer training 9 times.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

Soccer Coach (6 years), baseball coach (5 years), Public School Religion teacher (8 years and counting), Coordinator for Toys for Tots (12 years and counting), Coordinator for the Cleveland Food bank (5 years and counting), Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Working with youth programs on challenges, leadership, and speaking. I have also visited numerous prison clubs in Ohio, organized fundraising for them, and participated in many of their activities. Additionally our District organized area contests so these clubs could participate. On a Toastmaster level, we started a youth speech competition last year that I hope continues as a legacy item from 2016-2017. The winners get to deliver their speeches at our District Conference competition.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?

Nothing of note other than previous work experience listed, our global IT initiatives at Tsubaki.

In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

Servicing the member while upholding integrity, respect, service and excellence by providing training, education, and clarity while helping others achieve their communication, leadership and life goals is what Toastmasters is all about, while protecting and expanding brand recognition.

Additional information about candidate:

I am a father of two boys and a girl, and have been married for 25 years. No project is too big. I’ve reroofed my house, dug a lake in my backyard, and work on being a Toastmaster every day by practicing Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence (sometimes maybe not so excellent, but I do try).