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My take on who should be on the board seems to be a little different than most of what I've read so far. A strong board requires people with different yet complimentary skillsets (ie accounting, sales, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, communications, management, TIME, etc) from different areas of the country ideally.  This diversity allows for better decision making and is very important in the long term viability of the club.  While I agree the rules are critically important it is not my primary concern for board members. If a proper process is in place the rules will take care of themselves. Ive read all the bios and my simple question for the 4 candidates is what skills and role can you bring to the board that helps us continue to grow?  I'm looking for a business case, because that's what ChampCar is. Thanks 

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1 hour ago, Racer28173 said:

Was that supposed to be green font?  Those seem like much higher numbers than the financials show. 

Rob is quite correct, the Tire Rack deal is a multi-year deal and a lot of money.....

 

I hate that the first two guys up for relection are these two, because they both have done a lot for the series.  

 

To answer the OP, at least for Tyler, he works in the world of finance.  For a world wide banking firm and has a lot of experience in that world.  He also appears to be the only person on the BOD, or staff, that is actively working effectively towards sponsor relationships. 

 

Full disclosure, he is someone I consider a close friend and am biased, but he is also the one person that has actively sought out companies to sponsor this series and closed those deals.   In the short year that he has had the opportunity to serve our membership on the BOD, he has exceeded the effort of almost all other BOD members in his results.  Outside of a potential bias on his young age, I do not see how anyone can not vote for him to retain his seat.

 

 

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17 hours ago, farran05 said:

My take on who should be on the board seems to be a little different than most of what I've read so far. A strong board requires people with different yet complimentary skillsets (ie accounting, sales, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, communications, management, TIME, etc) from different areas of the country ideally.  This diversity allows for better decision making and is very important in the long term viability of the club.  While I agree the rules are critically important it is not my primary concern for board members. If a proper process is in place the rules will take care of themselves. Ive read all the bios and my simple question for the 4 candidates is what skills and role can you bring to the board that helps us continue to grow?  I'm looking for a business case, because that's what ChampCar is. Thanks 

 

Farran,

 

In addition to different skill sets, Ideally the BOD should be made up of people with differing opinions/thought processes.  The diversity can lead to discussions and additional thinking prior to making decisions that might not exist if everyone is of the same mindset.

As is likely obvious from my posting here, I am not afraid to voice a dissenting opinion when I do not like the way things are going.   

Unfortunately, this point is going to be both visible and invisible to the group at large.  Currently, I have a persona online where I can/do say things, sometimes polarizing, in response to changes or news.  A BOD member has to think more conservatively.  Publicly, a BOD member will have to support the BOD's and Mike C's decisions even if they personally disagree, as that is best for the Club.   If elected, when discussing things with the BOD, I will be able to offer opinions, but then I will have to be ready to compromise and support the majority decision.  Therefore, I am sure that if elected my public posting "Image" will change.

 

 

I am an Engineer and Technical Writer by day.  

I don't believe there are any engineers already on the board, but I am not sure what Mike's day job used to be.  I think this is a summary of the current BOD's day-jobs, apologies if its not 100% accurate.

 

Bruce:

"president and owner of a healthcare construction company in Southern California, my skillset includes business management, marketing, and financial analysis"

Jer:

Finance (I believe he is a CFO and a CPA?)

Tyler:

Banking/Sales

Tiffany:

Medical/Counseling, Business Owner

Rich:

Logistics & Warehouse Operator, Photography Business Owner

Doc:

Lighting and Production for events/concerts

 

 

I know from the bio's posted that both Doc and Tyler state that technical detailed matters aren't their strong points. 

Technical details are my strong point.  Getting the small details right are the reason I have been successful as a team operator, and are critical for me to pay attention to in my day-to-day job as well.

 

I do fabrication on the side (build cars & engines).  I know Jer and Tyler build and maintain teams/cars.  Are there other BOD members actively building/maintaining/wrenching on teams/cars? 

I think this is an important perspective to have, since the business is to convince as many other people as possible to build and maintain teams/cars which they can enter into our events.

  

 

Regards,

Chris

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37 minutes ago, Huggy said:

I do fabrication on the side (build cars & engines).  I know Jer and Tyler build and maintain teams/cars.  Are there other BOD members actively building/maintaining/wrenching on teams/cars? 

I think this is an important perspective to have, since the business is to convince as many other people as possible to build and maintain teams/cars which they can enter into our events.

  

 

Regards,

Chris

Rich wrench's occasionally when I bother him enough about it. Always claims he's busy though...

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@farran05 my skill sets are to go out and promote ChampCar.  When I was put on the Board I saw that our value was worth a lot more than what I felt we were getting, so I volunteered to go out and see if there were any national companies out there who would be willing to partner with ChampCar.  Mike Chisek was bombarded by sponsorship opportunities, so he was thankful I was willing to take this over and he could focus more on the day-to-day operations of ChampCar as the CEO.  I was able to triple the sponsorship money coming into ChampCar for the next three years in just a short five months with bringing on a national company as the title sponsorship for ChampCar.  The deals are multi-year and the title sponsor to renew for an additional two years after their three year contract so that would be a total of five years.  

 

I also go out and talk with members and get their opinions how how ChampCar is being run and how we can improve.  I know I have talked to a lot of members over the last year and a half about how we can do better as an organization.  Like @Huggy said I am not a good technical writer, but I understand the rules and where members want us to go.  We as a Board have to decide where the organization goes with our member's vision as well.  I am glad we have the TAC because there are some good technical people there we can resort to to help write items we need to if we have a road block.  Usually members have great ideas, it's just how do we write those in to the rule book.  

 

My wife and I also have our own team and I manage all of the repairs for the cars.  Over the past seven years I have become pretty good and fabricating, repairing, and prepping a car.  I have had a lot of resources from this group to help me along the way and I have opened my ears up to a lot of different ideas on how to improve my own car and how my team is ran.  I have been doing this since 2012 and have enjoyed every year of it, even if one year we blew up a lot of engines; it was still fun to go back to the garage and figure out the problem on how to keep our car alive for the next race.  I hope to continue to support the garage engineering teams and those people who are willing to pick up books or find resources to make their car faster in their garage versus buying a part off of the shelf.  

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17 hours ago, farran05 said:

My take on who should be on the board seems to be a little different than most of what I've read so far. A strong board requires people with different yet complimentary skillsets (ie accounting, sales, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, communications, management, TIME, etc) from different areas of the country ideally.  This diversity allows for better decision making and is very important in the long term viability of the club.  While I agree the rules are critically important it is not my primary concern for board members. If a proper process is in place the rules will take care of themselves. Ive read all the bios and my simple question for the 4 candidates is what skills and role can you bring to the board that helps us continue to grow?  I'm looking for a business case, because that's what ChampCar is. Thanks 

Much of the talk had been about rules because that is what has most everyone's feathers ruffled.  But what you point out is equally important.

As you have read I have been involved ion Motorsports for a long time and every item you mention I have had to do at one time or another. "accounting, sales, marketing, legal, finance, leadership, communications, management, TIME, etc" All of these titles are as important to one another to be successful. 

 

On the IndyCar side I had to oversee 30 employees, 4 race cars, 2 drivers, 2 transporters, 1 hospitality coach and keep it all under a $8 million budget. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1993-05-23-9305230478-story.html

 

With the help of three others we put  on a Midget Race at the Joliet Memorial Stadium. A place that had a rich history in the 60's. Almost 5,000 attended. www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2009-09-23-0909210313-story.html

 

I built up a Hot Rod shop with 23,000 square feet, 15 employees and over 45 open work at any one time. We did north of a million dollars in sales & service. https://bangshift.com/general-news/event-coverage/massive-shop-tour-gallery-the-hot-rod-barn-morris-illinois-muscle-car-restorations-drag-builds-killer-shop/

 

I currently have a small fab shop & work by myself. https://www.facebook.com/Bernies-Rods-Customs-162944147238002/

 

As for the ChampCar Team the Blue Shells we have 2 Ford Focus SVT's, that I have built, a MR2 & we are currently building a second MR2. I do all the set up & prep work on the Silver #38 Focus. 

 

So as you can see all of the items you mention I have had to use at one time or another. Sometimes all of them at once.

I do believe that preparation and communication usually end up with success no matter the project. 

Bernie Myers

 

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There is a provision in the bylaws to add more members to the BOD.  I think this is something we should explore.  It seems to me that some of the BOD are wearing many hats, maybe too many.

 

I feel that someone who better understands ORGs may want to look into this.  Personally, I see the merit in Doc's as well as Tyler's position on the board, and the work they're doing for us, but Chris's level head and engineering background seems like something the organization as a whole has been lacking lately, and Bernie's ideals of trying to keep some of the chump in champ is important as well.

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On 11/4/2019 at 10:24 AM, mindspin311 said:

Rich wrench's occasionally when I bother him enough about it. Always claims he's busy though...

 

Been building cars since 2011... time for someone else to do it.  I'm think I'm on chassis #5 now??

When it comes to voting in BoD members there's way too much focus on the rulesets with which we run.  Ladies and gentleman, as a BoD member I'm more interested in the business and legal  aspects of the organization than I am worrying about if an air dam should be 5pts or 10pts.  Every BoD member has their own individual focuses.   Someone hit the nail on the head above. 

 

Tyler has been fantastic coming in with fresh energy and a desire to work on the sponsorship side of things for the series.   The results in his short time on the board have been fantastic.  And as a fellow board member he's one of the first I call when I question something we may have to deal with.  He's knowledgeable and can offer counter-arguments without being overly abrasive (something Jer nor I excel at!!). 

 

Doc's contributions to the board as secretary are intangible to the rest of the membership.  Doc is currently the primary historian for the series, keeper of all records and statistics.  When I need numbers to support or decry a possible decision Doc is where I go to get my information to support my arguments.  Doc's age and experience also keeps him level headed for the most part.  

 

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On 11/4/2019 at 9:46 AM, Huggy said:

 

Rich:

Logistics & Warehouse Operator, Photography Business Owner

 

 

Logistics & Warehouse OWNER/Operator - I'm partner in a logistics company that is similar in employee size and annual revenues to that of CCES.  My experiences being near the head of this organization has come in to play several times over my two years on the BoD already.  Once again, like Doc, many of the things I've discussed with the Board or with our staff are never seen to the public.

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I'm A CFO in the past and a CPA, but I've been the President of two separate manufacturing companies for 3 years now.  I'm also a part owner now in those businesses, which are under common ownership despite being unique business entities.  In a former life I was a M & A specialist for Price Waterhouse Coopers and did a significant amount of business analysis for investors and lenders.  I thoroughly enjoy running these businesses, far more than the financial work I've done on the past despite the challenges and stress that comes with it.

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13 hours ago, SonsOfIrony said:

is why it's so great to serve with him.  Different perspectives make the Board better.  

 

Pot, meet kettle.  ;)

Rich and I don't see eye to eye on a lot of stuff (although we do on other things), which i think is really good for the Board overall.  

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1 hour ago, Jer said:

Rich and I don't see eye to eye on a lot of stuff (although we do on other things), which i think is really good for the Board overall.  

 

I was making a crack about how he insulted you by implying that you were abrasive, and you responded by being abrasive (ironically).

 

I didn't think it required green font, but maybe it did.

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On 11/12/2019 at 11:26 AM, SonsOfIrony said:

 

I was making a crack about how he insulted you by implying that you were abrasive, and you responded by being abrasive (ironically).

 

I didn't think it required green font, but maybe it did.

 

Your mom requires green font.

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