February 2017 

Where are the Future NACE Leaders?

By Brian Stacy, PE
      Pierce County, Washington


For those who have been tracking the NACE News, or perhaps your emails, know that we recently publicized (on several occasions) a “Call for Candidates.” As mentioned in the flyer the Nomination Committee was seeking energetic, influential, and experienced candidates to help steer the future of NACE.

Because it is an even numbered year, we had two Regional Vice President positions available (Northeast and South Central). As with every year we elect a Secretary/Treasurer and President Elect.

In terms of position requirements, the Regional Vice President candidate(s) shall be a Voting Member employed in the region for which the individual is a candidate. The candidates for President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer shall be qualified by previous service on the Board of Directors. Very reasonable thresholds by which to gain a legitimate candidate for office I would argue. Yet every year we struggle to get a robust candidate pool to create a healthy debate and ultimate selection process.

We are so fortunate to have a strong pool of engaged members that do in fact aspire to a leadership position in NACE. You will find a very talented, and committed, pool of candidates to choose from when we see you at the Annual Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Nonetheless, I would challenge you and all our members to really consider serving the needs of your county, state and ultimately NACE by putting that first step forward and throwing your hat in the ring.

Certainly it’s important to have the support of your Board, but beyond that its putting in the extra time and effort to make a difference in your industry which is well within your control.

Like many years I have heard from individuals about some of their reservations about getting involved. Some have even suggested it’s difficult to break into the “NACE circle.” I’m always confused by that mindset because as you see from the qualifications I mentioned above it’s not a high bar or threshold to become a viable candidate. Plus you can literally nominate yourself if you like.

I’ve been involved with the NACE Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for years and have always found them to be open minded and inclusive. I’m simply not aware of an exclusive club that resists outside members nor would I aspire to be part of that type of group.

My hope for NACE in the years to come is we’re able to get our membership engaged and excited about serving in some capacity for the association. The more active our members become and the more diverse our base, the more value this great association will not only bring to its members, but the many residents we represent in our home counties!



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