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Nominating Committee Announces Slate of Recommended Board Candidates

02/02/2016

NOTICE OF THE 2016 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP

All members of the RRCA in good standing as of March 1, 2016 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Participation in the 58th RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership. 

The meeting will take place on March 18, 2016 at 3:15 PM (Central) at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Dallas, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.

Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification Instructions
The Bylaws of the RRCA allow for the assignment of a proxy vote for member clubs and events. If an RRCA member club or event is not sending their official voting representative (president, director, or owner) to the Annual Meeting of the Membership, then the voting rights of that club or event may be assigned to another authorized representative attending the meeting in person. That person must be qualified by being a member of either the same club or event or from another qualified club or event in good standing in the same state. In accordance with the RRCA bylaws, a proxy cannot be held for clubs or events from different states. To assign voting rights to a qualified proxy on behalf of a club or event member, the authorized representative must complete the Official 2016 Voting Rights Assignment to Recognized Proxy Holder Form. Each Appointed Proxy Holder must complete and submit the Membership and Residence Certification for Proxy Holders Form in accordance with the instructions on the forms. The forms and instructions can be found on the RRCA website at www.rrca.org/about/governance/

Report of the Nominating Committee
On behalf of the 2016 RRCA Nominating Committee, I am pleased to provide this report of our proceedings in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).  I wish to thank RRCA President David Cotter for giving me the opportunity to serve again in this capacity. I further wish to thank the RRCA Board for providing me with an outstanding committee, which included Chris Burch (IA State Rep), Rachel Tambling, Ph.D (CT State Rep) and Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep). I sincerely appreciate their hard work. It was great to have them on the team.

The committee presents the following slate of recommended candidates for consideration at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership:

PRESIDENT – Mitchell Garner
Mitch_GarnerMitchell is very active with the Ann Arbor Track Club, where he has served as President since 2009 (Vice President from 2004 to 2008) and as a board member and executive committee member since 2004.  He is a longstanding race committee member of two mid-sized, club-hosted road races in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Burns Park Run and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. In 2008 Garner was elected RRCA Central Region Director and served two terms in that position. In 2010, he was appointed by the RRCA Board to serve as Chair of the RRCA American Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee and continues to serve in that position.  In 2012 he was elected RRCA Vice President and was reelected to a second term as Vice President in 2014. Mitch is a lifelong runner and a member of the Ann Arbor Track Club’s men’s masters 60+ team.  His club team won the USATF men’s masters 60+ grand prix team national championship for four consecutive years, from 2011 to 2014. Currently he is an attorney and principal with the law firm of Allotta | Farley Co., L.P.A. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in economics and also has a degree in political science, with honors, from the University of Paris. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

VICE PRESIDENT – Jean Arthur
Jean.A_.2015_Jean Arthur moved to Maryland in 1979, after attending high school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She started running in 1975, at the age of 12 after she took a friend’s dare to enter a race and won. Jean is the immediate past president of the Montgomery County Road Runners, one of the top 5 largest RRCA member clubs, and also served as president from 2003-2006. She served on the club’s board of directors from 1999-2012. She is currently race director for MCRRC’s Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville, Maryland and is on the steering committee for the club’s Parks Half Marathon. Jean also serves on the executive committee of Cherry Blossom, Inc., which puts on the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. She has also been involved in organizing many other running events, including the 2009 USATF cross country championship. She has served on the RRCA’s Finance & Audit Committee since 2009 and the Kids Run the Nation Grant selection panel since the program’s inception. Jean is an attorney and works for the Montgomery County Council as a legislative analyst.

TREASURER – Craig Minyard
Craig.Minyward_Craig joined the Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers in 2000 and was elected Treasurer in 2001 serving in the role for over six years.  As Treasurer, he built the financial reporting and control systems and established the initial financial audit review process.  He continued advising the Lake Grapevine Board on financial and governance matters until 2012.  Craig has served on the RRCA’s Finance Committee since being appointed by President David Cotter in January 2013.  Serving on the Finance Committee, Craig is very familiar with the RRCA’s financial operations, internal controls and oversight efforts.  Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and has held financial leadership roles for companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-national corporations.  Currently, Craig is Vice President Financial Planning & Management at the Federal Reserve Information Technology in Richmond, Virginia where he is a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club.  Craig has long been passionate about running and has run the Chicago, Austin, Boston, New York, Little Rock, Dallas and Marine Corps marathons.  He enjoys volunteering and participating in road race events whenever possible.

CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR – Sue Brown-Nickerson
Sue.Brown_.cropped_Sue Brown-Nickerson, a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, brings 18 years of leadership and board management experience to the RRCA organization and running clubs. She is a member of the Calumet Region Striders where she served on their board of directors from 1995- 2005. After five years of service as club president, she stepped down to form their club’s youth running program, and serves on the club’s race committee, which raises money for youth programs and scholarships. Sue has been the RRCA Indiana State Representative since 2006, and has served on the RRCA National Award and Nomination Committees from 2007-2012. She received the 2004 RRCA Outstanding Club President, the 2010 RRCA Outstanding Youth Program Director, and the 2013 RRCA Outstanding State Representative awards. Sue is a strong advocate for promoting running within the community for all ages and abilities of runners, promoting volunteerism within organization (s), coaching beginner runners including youth, and mentoring local event directors with race management obligations. An avid runner, and both a USATF and a RRCA certified coach, her training and fitness involves less racing, more recreational running, and coaching. She is passionate about the sport of running, and looks forward to her continued effort in supporting the mission, vision, and values of RRCA at the national, regional, and local level.

EASTERN REGION DIRECTOR – Dwight Mikulis
Dwight.M_Dwight is Past President of Howard County Striders (HCS), a 2000 RRCA member club, and current Maryland State Representative for RRCA.  He completed the RRCA Coaching class in 2008 and has been managing/creating group training programs under the trademarked The Next Step® banner since 2006. Putting into practice what he teaches, Dwight had 8 PRs in 2013 in different race distances ranging from 2 miles through 50K and was named Most Improved Male runner for HCS.  He enjoys all kinds of running including trails and ran Rosaryville 50K and Stone Mill 50 Miler on back to back weekends last year. Dwight also enjoys giving back to the running community as a pacer with the Baltimore Pacers. Dwight is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Partner at the Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., a private wealth management firm, founded in 1993 and headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with branch offices in Miami and Naples, Florida.  He has a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University Maryland.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I thank all the candidates for their active participation in the process, and congratulate the slate candidates.

Respectfully submitted,

David B. Epstein
Nominating Committee Chairman

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