Tracy Thomason

TRACY M. THOMASON, DTM

Candidate's Office: Region 3 International Director

Region Number: 3

Toastmasters member since: 2005

Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Employer and/or position: Tyler Technologies, Team Lead & ScrumMaster

Served as district governor of district number: 23

Term of service: 2015-2016

In term as district governor, district achieved: Distinguished

Website: http://www.TracyForDirector.com

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

  • 2015-2016 District Director
  • 2011-2012 Lieutenant Governor Marketing

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2015-2016 Distinguished District Director

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

As Team Lead and ScrumMaster, I break down and plan large, long-term software development projects – often with competing priorities. This process is part operational and part strategic as we execute projects while looking to our long-range plans and determining which tools and techniques to implement now so that in the future we can develop projects faster and be situated to meet emerging client needs.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

At Tyler Technologies, I am active in both long-range strategic planning and short-term retrospectives which investigate if we’re staying on track. Strategic planning is a daily part of my job. As a board member for The Cotton Network, I was integral in developing a plan to align us with a strategic partner which not only invested in us, but acquired and grew us – according to our roadmap – from a small operation to a major industry player.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

On the Cotton Network board, I was deeply involved in the financials of the company, especially as we sought investments. Additionally, my wife and I have owned and operated a residential real estate business for the past 15 years. From annual budgets to profit & loss statements and tax preparation, I’m involved in all aspects of the finances.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

With the Cotton Network, I helped develop hiring and employment policies for the company. Working in information technology, I have created and amended security and technology policies for a number of businesses, both small and large.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes. The best of them come with a shared vision, open communication, trust, and respect. Developing others is paramount. If we don’t grow others, we cannot grow the organization, the team, or even ourselves. The right decisions don’t always feel the best. Understanding and accepting that is part of leadership. You must celebrate the team as well as protect it.

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

I am extremely well versed in the use and deployment of information technology solutions, especially when the solutions will be used by a non-technical audience. Above that, I am a servant leader with extensive project and change management experience. My use of agile project management methodologies for stakeholder (aka, member) benefit have proven useful in helping good organizations become great and great organizations become better.

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

I want to serve for two reasons. First, Toastmasters has been instrumental in my personal growth and I want to continue my leadership development in the organization that forged me. Second, as Toastmasters International moves into the future, I know that my experiences in iterative project management and strategic planning in both technology and education will prove beneficial.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

I work with two universities on student leadership development and communication skills and volunteer at eGIRL week each year to help more young women get into engineering degrees. I’ve also worked with South Plains Food Bank, Texas Tech’s Association for Computing Machinery, and UT El Paso’s 21st Century Scholars, the Future Business Leaders of America, a young entrepreneurs’ program, and founded two information technology user groups.

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

As a board member for the Cotton Network, I learned the difference between operational and strategic planning. We were a small company in our space and grew quickly after putting a strategic growth plan in place and developing operation plans around it. I’ve also advised civic boards and university academic boards. My board experiences include working in corporate finance, non-profit fundraising, growth, policy creation, and technology.

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

Our primary objective is the expansion of the worldwide network of member clubs. The objectives of the 2015 Strategic Plan pursue the primary objective. I will promote the use of the Strategic Plan, especially Club Excellence which I believe lies at the heart of the other two, and work collaboratively with the board to ensure that we align our actions with the plan and look ahead to make course corrections as we move into the future.

Additional information about candidate:

I am a Certified ScrumMaster, Evernote Community Leader, and published author and speaker in the area of online marketing for small businesses and non-profits.