Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2013-2016 District 63 Chief Ambassador
- 2015-2016 Region 5 Advisor
- 2014-2015 Region 5 Advisor
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2008-2014 DTM
- 2002-2008 DTM
- 2011-2012 Excellence in Education and Training
- 2014-2016 DTM
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
Employed for over 30 years with one of the largest healthcare companies in the world, I’ve successfully led and served on very diverse teams of technical and non-technical co-workers with varying skill sets, backgrounds, cultures, and ages. It is important to note that the core values we share in Toastmasters (integrity, respect, service, and excellence) are also included in the core values at HCA Healthcare.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
While serving on the Habitat for Humanity Board, I helped develop short- and long-term strategies to capitalize on the organization’s demographics and to achieve its goals. At work I manage and work on strategic projects that are designed to have positive impacts on the quality of care that we are able to provide the patients in our facilities. As a Region Advisor in Toastmasters, I facilitated and served on several committees that were designed to enhance the quality of the Region Advisor program.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Preparing, reviewing and monitoring the annual budget was a crucial function of serving on the Habitat for Humanity Board. For 5 years I organized their second largest fundraising initiative while maintaining strategic budget oversight necessary and crucial to its success. At work I continually provide analysis and insights into balancing the IT budget while making sure that it aligns with organization’s priorities.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
I have assisted in developing policies while serving on the Habitat for Humanity Board and for various initiatives at work. At church I have served on several committees and developed policies for various programs, including mission trips to Central America. While serving as a Region Advisor, I collaborated with other Region Advisors to develop best practices for several initiatives, including district visits, performance standards, club growth, and peer to peer monthly calls with the district leaders.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
I have served in many leadership positions – on the Habitat for Humanity Board, on committees at church, on project teams at work, and as a Region Advisor. I’ve learned that in every leadership position, there is one common theme - and that is to be flexible. Having a ‘set’ leadership style without flexibility is no longer adequate. To be an effective leader, it requires an understanding of the situation and the individuals involved. What works in one situation may not work in another and what works for one team member doesn’t always work for another. I am a firm believer in having the right people serve in the right positions and to accomplish this, there needs to be strong leadership pipelines.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
An enhanced set of skills in the areas of listening, facilitating, training, collaborating, and working with individuals of all ages, varying skill sets, and backgrounds. Also, a clear understanding of the Toastmasters core values and programs, an understanding of the importance of making Toastmasters available to more people, strategic thinking and planning, budget planning, and the ability to see the big picture while adding value to the individual parts. I would also bring experience in business analysis, project management, and an understanding of how technology can support the organization’s overall mission and vision.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
It would be an honor to serve as an International Director for three main reasons: (1) to honor everyone who has mentored and encouraged me during my Toastmasters journey, (2) to continue to add value to this organization at a higher level by leveraging my 15+ years of experience as a member and from what I have learned in the leadership positions that I have served at the club level, district, and region, and (3) to faithfully serve and represent our current and future members by focusing on our core values and helping all of our members be all they can be.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
It was an honor to serve on the Habitat for Humanity Board and on several committees at church. I have organized over 75 blood drives that have helped save the lives of over 10,000 patients. I have also donated over 300 units of platelets at the Red Cross. At work, I received the highest corporate honor for community service – the Caring for the Community Award. This yearly award is presented to the employee who goes above and beyond in volunteering at non-profit agencies in middle Tennessee.
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?
While serving on the Habitat for Humanity Board, my primary responsibility was to organize the second largest, yearly fund-raiser. This involved strategic planning, budget planning, recruiting and scheduling volunteers, working with and scheduling law enforcement support for the events, working with the local running club, and making presentations to two city governments for approval.
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
In my humble opinion, I believe the major objective of Toastmasters is to provide world-class communication and leadership programs, with the goal of helping all members maximize their potential in every aspect of their lives. To achieve this, I would help support the stated goals of enhancing club quality, chartering sustainable clubs, recognizing member achievements, and helping to develop confidence in all members. My background as a Region Advisor, a Chief Ambassador, and serving in all three of the district leadership positions have helped prepare me to serve as a member of the board. As a member of the board, my goal would be to respectfully collaborate with the other board members, focusing on two key questions during all of our discussions: (1) Why are we doing this and (2) Who are we doing this for?
Additional information about candidate:
I have been married to my college sweetheart (Jenny) for over 30 years and together we have raised 3 amazing children (Joan, John, and Jaclyn). As a firm believer in exercising my mind and body, I try to learn something new every day and run 5-6 days a week. I am also a trained Stephen Minister and I believe that everyone has a story to share. While I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to enhance my communication and leadership skills during my Toastmasters journey, I truly get more enjoyment helping others be all they can be.