John Bowman is a tough act to follow (on stage or as Executive Director), but within 10 weeks he will retire and we need the slot filled.
Any suggestions on how we go about doing this?
I understand that there exists a small movement to bring me back (I used to be ED several years ago). I would gladly return if this is what the membership desires but I think there are some Pros and Cons to this suggestion. I will at least delineate what I think is the major Con to my return as ED:
NACHI has gone to great lengths to decentralize. In other words, we’ve taken many steps to become the most member-driven trade organization in the world. Some of these steps I took personally such as my refusing to participate in closed-door meetings, my refusal to engage in lengthy private email or phone conversations with leadership, my refusal to offer my opinion in certain matters, my refusal to micro manage anyone, my refusal to offer guidance to committees and chapters, even my refusal to enter the members-only section of this message board. All this in an effort to allow our members the access and freedom to do and say what they will.
One has to admit… there is no other trade association on earth whereby any member can form his own chapter http://www.nachi.org/form.htm , name his own chapter, recruit members, form a chapter website, hold meetings, hire speakers, offer education, form legislative positions, elect officers, co-op market, lobby, manage the chapter’s own money, create chapter by-laws, and even spin off as a separate legal entity http://www.nachi.org/formalchapter.htm with separate legal counsel as several NACHI Chapters have recently done (Chicago & NY), all without really procuring permission from anyone! NACHI really is a member-driven association, decentralized to the extent that it can be (and still function efficiently).
Having me return as ED is a step toward recentralization IMHO.
Comments? You have 10 weeks to figure out what to do.