ROBERT SHAMBROOK, DTM

Candidate's Office: International Director

Region Number: 8

Toastmasters member since: 2006

Education: Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Employer and/or position: Independent Real Estate Investor

Served as district governor of district number: 43

Term of service: 2014-2015

In term as district governor, district achieved: Distinguished

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

  • 2014-2015 District Governor
  • 2013-2014 LG Education & Training
  • 2012-2013 LG Marketing
  • 2011-2012 Division Governor
  • 2010-2011 Area Governor

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2014-2015 Distinguished District Governor
  • 2013-2014 Excellence in Education & Training
  • 2011-2012 Presidents Distinguished Division Governor
  • 2010-2011 Presidents Distinguished Are Governor

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

In real estate investing, I must make decisions with far reaching impact.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

While serving in District 43 I implemented a strategy to increase clubs and educational awards by the strategy of having all Area Governors commit to achieving DTM while in office as Area Governor. This involved them in Club Coaching and beginning new clubs. This enabled District 43 to achieve Distinguished District.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Decisions made in Real Estate investing require careful consideration in order to keep our portfolio strong and growing while not over leveraging ourselves.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

During my tenure as District Governor, I implemented a task force to take all of the unwritten psuedo-policies of the district and memorialize them into a single policy document. There were quite of a few unwritten "policies" whose interpretation caused a lot of conflict among our very large district. Having the policies written and discussed helped resolve the conflicts and build consensus.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I learned the importance of engaging stakeholders in decisions that affect them.

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

My experience as President of five different clubs, most recently last year, has kept my focus at the club level. Meeting the needs at the club level will help the organization grow strong at all levels.

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

I want to serve in order to give back to Toastmasters what it has given to me.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

I served as Director of a Local Food Bank for the working poor. I also served as an instructor in English as a Second Language program for immigrants in South Carolina who could not afford to pay tuition to a language school.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.

No.

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

Toastmasters needs to expand the organization globally while at the same time keep the needs of the members at the local level in mind.

Additional information about candidate:

In addition to my active service in Toastmasters, I also serve as an officer in the MFC Motorocycle Club. This organization is formed to provide fund raising opportunities for military currently serving overseas, and to provide color guard services to fallen first respondors from local firefighters and police forces.