NAUI Board Of Directors Election

NAUI Board of Directors' Election 2015

 Each year you, NAUI’s Instructor members, have the opportunity and the responsibility to select those of your fellow members who will serve you on our Board of Directors. NAUI is unique among training agencies in this respect. You have a voice in your association and its future through our Board of Directors, whose members have been placed in their position of responsibility by your vote.

There are a total of 12 candidates running for three available seats. The two candidates with the most votes will be seated for four-year terms on the NAUI Board of Directors and the candidate with the third highest total will be elected to fill the remaining three years of a four-year term due to a resignation earlier this year.

All of the candidates are asked by the Election Committee to furnish a short biosketch and a brief position statement. Their statements are published in the links below. This is your opportunity to educate yourself about your fellow members who are standing for membership on the Board.

The NAUI Board of Directors is your voice in establishing NAUI's policies and long range goals. Take this opportunity to inform yourself, and then vote for the candidates who you believe will be the best persons to work with our other Board members to guide our Association toward the future.

Candidates for the 2015 NAUI Board of Directors Election

Antonio Arcucci, NAUI 8292
Jean-Marc Claes, NAUI 40992
Quintin De Boer, NAUI 48271
Bernard Fuersich, NAUI 8940
Jeffrey Hansler, NAUI 5834
Yu Kwok Kuen (Simon Yu), NAUI 11146
Gary Kulisek, NAUI 11023
Barry Moore, NAUI 6790
Eugene Muchanski, NAUI 3821
Michael Nadler, NAUI 10546
Cheryl Thacker, NAUI 23525
Jan-Willem Van Gelder, NAUI 45653

We urge you to study all the information, acquaint yourself with the candidates and their positions, and vote for your considered choices. This year we are again using an online voting service and we will send out all the information you need to cast your vote. Voting opens on Monday, November 2, 2015. Ballots must be cast no later than Monday, November 30, 2015 to be counted for this election.

In addition to election announcements sent by HQ, candidates will also be provided the opportunity to send their own campaign message to members. Hopefully this will help you become more knowledgeable about each candidate. Campaign messages sent by the candidates will be sent via a third-party email service that has been contracted by NAUI HQ. If you prefer not to receive these emails from the individual candidates, you will have the opportunity to use an unsubscribe link provided by the third-party vendor. Members who opt-out will still receive member announcements from NSG. Please note that any opinions contained in these messages are those of the author and not given or endorsed by the National Association of Underwater Instructors or NAUI Services Group.

According to Article II, Section 1 of the NAUI Bylaws voting members includes all current active and sustaining instructor members. We encourage all such members to take the opportunity to become informed about each of the candidates and to cast a vote in the upcoming election. In addition to the slate of candidates listed above, there are spaces on the ballot if you wish to vote for a write-in candidate. Your vote is extremely important and each voter will be able to cast a ballot for three people.  

The newly elected members will take office in January 2016 and will be formally introduced at the next scheduled NAUI Board of Directors meeting.

The candidates are asked to answer a set of three questions concerning NAUI. These questions are posed to them by the Elections Committee. The candidates' answers are published along with their statements. Those questions are:

  1. In what specific area(s) of board governance do you believe your skills and experience will be especially helpful and what do you hope to contribute as a director?
  2. If elected to the NAUI BOD, what are your top three goals for NAUI?
  3. How will your goals help NAUI grow as a high-quality training organization in the scuba diving community?

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