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May 08, 2013

USAA Announces Call for Nominations for Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Archery is seeking nominations for three positions on the organization's Board of Directors: the Grassroots (non-JOAD Club) Director, Coach Director and an Independent position. Nominations are due by June 10.

These seats, currently occupied by Charles "Skip" Trafford, Linda Beck and current Board Chair, Bill Corbin are up for re-election at the end of 2013. Director terms are for four years, and Directors, if re-elected, can serve a second term for a maximum of eight years on the Board of Directors. Director Corbin has served the maximum of two terms, and may not run for re-election. Directors Beck and Trafford may choose to run for re-election if they wish. In order to be eligible to serve on the USAA Board of Directors you must be a U.S. Citizen, over 18 years of age and meet the specific requirements outlined below for each open position.

All applications will be sent to the Nominating and Governance (N&G) Committee and will be reviewed by this committee. In the case of the Coach and Grassroots positions, the N&G Committee will bring forth a qualified slate of candidates for voting on by eligible members. For the Independent Director position the N&G Committee will appoint the Independent Director that they feel will best serve the needs of USA Archery.

Qualifications for the positions:

Grassroots (non-JOAD Club) Director: The Grassroots Directors will come from nominations made by Registered Clubs of USAA who are in good standing. All current registered Non-JOAD Clubs in good standing shall then vote for their respective Grassroots Director.

Coach Director: The Coach Director will come from Coach (L2 and above) members of USAA who are in good standing. All current USAA Coach members (as defined in Section 5.1 of the Bylaws) in good standing shall then vote for the Coach Director.

Independent Director: Each "Independent Director" shall be determined to have no material relationship with USAA, either directly or through an organization that has a material relationship with USAA.  A relationship is "material" if, in the judgment of the N&G Committee, it could interfere with the Director's independent judgment.

Duties of the USA Archery Board of Directors:

The USAA Board of Directors shall represent the interests of the Archery community for USAA in the United States and its athletes by providing USAA with policy, guidance and strategic direction.  The Board shall oversee the management of USAA and its affairs, but it does not manage USAA.  The Board shall oversee the Chief Executive Officer in the operation of USAA.  The Board shall focus on long-term objectives and impacts, empowering the Chief Executive Officer to manage a staff-driven organization with effective Board oversight.  In addition, the Board performs the following specific functions, among others:

a.     Implements procedures to orient new Board directors, to educate all directors on the business and governance affairs of USAA, and to evaluate Board performance;

b.     Selects, compensates, and evaluates the Chief Executive Officer and plans for management succession;

c.      Reviews and approves USAA's strategic plan and the annual operating plans, budget, business plans, and corporate performance;

d.     Sets policy and provides guidance and strategic direction to management on significant issues facing USAA;

e.     Reviews and approves significant corporate actions;

f.      Oversees the financial reporting process, communications with stakeholders, and USAA's legal and regulatory compliance program;

g.     Oversees effective corporate governance;

h.     Approves capital structure, financial strategies, borrowing commitments, and long-range financial planning;

i.       Reviews and approves financial statements, annual reports, audit and control policies, and, upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee, selects independent auditors;

j.       Monitors to determine whether USAA's assets are being properly protected;

k.     Monitors USAA's compliance with laws and regulations and the performance of its broader responsibilities; and

l.       Ensures that the Board and management are properly structured and prepared to act in case of an unforeseen corporate crisis.

The organization additionally has several Committee seats open, and encourages the membership to consider contributing their ideas and energy to USA Archery as part of a Committee.

The following Committees have openings:

  • Board of Justice
  • Nomination and Governance
  • Officials and Rules

To nominate someone for one of the two Board of Directors positions, please click here and submit the form by June 10. If interested in volunteering on a Committee, please click here to email USA Archery CEO Denise Parker; please include a cover letter and current resume.


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