BPA 2015 Election Ballot
April 21, 2015

VOTING IS OPEN THROUGH JULY 15.

All current members of the BPA may vote regardless of membership level—including all paid pre-registrants of the 2015 World Boardgaming Championships—except those purchasing one-day Guest passes. Votes will be recorded in accordance with membership status as outlined on the membership page and are weighted appropriately by election officials. Those elected to the BPA Board will serve three-year terms through the 2018 convention season. The new Board will be introduced during the BPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Lancaster Showroom at Lancaster Host in Lancaster, PA. All BPA members are invited to attend.

In order to vote, use our electronic ballot. The e-mail you supply with your vote must match the e-mail we have on file for you (and will be the e-mail this Notice was sent to). Each member may cast only one ballot, and may vote for up to three (3) individual candidates on that ballot. Multiple ballots from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. The final day to vote is July 15, 2015. In order for your vote to count, you must cast your ballot on the website no later than midnight on July 15, 2015.

For those without internet access, we will accept ballots by United States Post Office Regular Mail. Mail your ballot to: BPA, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602 in time for delivery by July 15, 2015. Ballots delivered in any other manner will not be considered.

The last day to join the BPA in order to be eligible to vote is July 15—the "Record Date". In order for the Vote to count, a quorum of ten percent (10%) of all members who have joined the BPA as of the Record Date must cast valid ballots on or before the Final Voting Date. We anticipate the Quorum will be approximately 100 voters.

NOTE: Any person may run for election as a Director. Candidates must comply with the Board’s nomination rules in order to be placed on the ballot. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected.

[  ] Don Greenwood, MD—I seek re-election for my 17th year at the helm to continue WBC’s transition to its exciting 2016 site in Seven Springs. My platform can be summed up simply as: “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it!” WBC continues to evolve as the world’s best boardgame playing convention. 17 years of conservative management and unique theme have brought us to the highly anticipated launch of a new era as WBC expands its reach with an upscale family vacation destination at a bargain price that will ultimately attract even more likeminded gamers to our annual reunion. 
[  ] Andy Lewis, DE—I would like to continue on the Board to ensure the composition of the Century and overall tournament offerings remains a good mix for all the different types of attendees. I bring a personal perspective as a wargamer of 40 years who participates yearly in wargame, sports, Euro and late night events. WBC has been our family vacation since our kids were born (18 years ago).  In addition, I would like to help with the transition to the new facility which I approved.  I also represent the perspective of the vendors and publishers as a VP of GMT Games.
[  ] Tom McCorry, VA—I am a 51-year old IT executive who has been gaming 35+ years starting with SPI Blue & Grey Quads, then ASL (Sgt McCorry from Gung Ho!), Euro Games, and 18xx games. I have received GM of the Year honors from several conventions and attend 10-12 gaming conventions per year. I am an experienced board member in both my professional and gaming pursuits. My focus as a BPA board member will be the site transition process, ensuring we maintain a business continuity plan, member outreach, and supporting our Convention Director in running the best gaming convention of the year.
[  ] Joel Tamburo, ILI am 51 with over 25 years experience in Technology and Data Analysis plus 38 in the hobby. In the hobby I actively play and GM games from many hobby subgenres. This has helped me over the years to be able to understand the perspectives of the different groups that make up our WBC community. With the move to Seven Springs, WBC is stepping forward into an exciting but uncertain future. My goal will be to help this step both with my skills and by advocating change where beneficial while respecting the core values of our conference.
[  ] Ken Whitesell, PA—Yet again it’s time for me to ask the membership to allow me to continue my work on the board. My priorities for this next term are (1) Ensure we have the most successful move possible to Seven Springs, (2) Keep the BPA on a sound financial footing through this move, and (3) Keep the focus of the WBC on the players and tournaments. I stand on my record as being an advocate that we never lose sight of what makes us different, and I believe significantly better, than other conventions.
[  ] Christopher Yaure, PA—I believe that the BPA is a tremendous organization and WBC is the best week of the year. As a member of the Board of Directors, I would strive to maintain the tournament structure that is the core of the WBC, while encouraging the continued development of it as a family event with the Juniors, open gaming, and late night gaming. The most important tasks for the Board in the next three years will be to find the right balance between tradition and change in our new space at Seven Springs, and between affordability and financial responsibility.
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