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BoD Write-In Campaign - John Runne

By: John Runne | APBA Region 4 | Aug 7, 2019

APBA - BOD Write-in Campaign

To the membership of APBA: I need to make a correction on my original post. I stated that my nomination was "omitted from the ballot", however, it was sent to the Nominating Committee for consideration to be placed on the ballot for BoD, the nominating committee only submitted a request to place me on the ballot for Council at Large. After the deadline as printed in the Bylaws someone from the nominating committee did send in a request for me to be put onto the BoD ballot, unfortunately since the deadline had passed HQ could not honor that request.

I sincerely apologize for this error on my part. I did not mean to make it appear as though anyone other than myself is to blame.

I would like to ask the membership for your support as a write – in candidate for the Board of Directors.

While at the Stock Outboard & J Category nationals last week, I found out that two key members of the current BOD will not be running for re-election this year. Jerry Davids and Mark Tate have decided, for personal reasons, they can no longer serve at this time. I’d like to thank both Jerry and Mark for all of their many contributions to APBA and look forward to their continued support in the future.

This, however, leaves a vacuous resource of experience and vision that the Board needs as we move forward with our work to grow and stabilize the organization

I would like to help fill this vacancy. It is vital to replace these members with an outboarder of similar mindset.

I served on the APBA BOD in 2017-2018 and was instrumental in the creation of the APBA Promotional Committee for the purpose of marketing our sport through Social media, Community involvement and the support of our driver schools nationwide. This project is still in its infancy and needs to be supported by the membership and the Board of Directors in order to succeed. At our Annual Convention / Meeting in Chicago, the Promotional Committee also hosted, for the first time, six Seminars for the benefit of the membership. These Seminars where very well attended and received by those in attendance and are now a staple of our annual convention. These seminars were also professionally videotaped and are available on the APBA website for all that could not attend or need a refresher.

This past year, I was appointed to fill a seat as an APBA Council Member-at –Large and maintained my position as Chairman of the APBA Steering Committee. However, due to Hurricane Florence last September, my participation had been limited. We had significant damage to our home and the Runnecraft building facility. It has been a great hindrance to our lives that hopefully will soon be resolved and I will be able to resume my work for APBA.

We all know, there is much left to do to insure the future of our sport. Much has changed recently within the structure and attitude of APBA. We are heading in the right direction and this is not the time to marginalize our progress. I am willing, desirous and believe capable to make this commitment to the future of APBA and would appreciate the support of the membership, in this bid as a Write – In candidate for the Board of Directors. Please pass the word and VOTE.

Thank you all,

John Runne