Monday, December 13, 2004

Minimum quals for the Board Of directors to manage 9 mil a year

All good points Joe.
I really agree with the concept of a "business plan", it is certainly what you and I are accustomed to with regard to fiscal management of a business.
I think I have a little more patience and understanding than you, however, with regard to making exceptions with a community board of directors.
There is no requirement for specific business experience to run for a board position, nor any requirement for management experience.
It is therefore hard for me to hold someone accountable to my personal standards, when there is no defined community standard for a board member.
Board members often have entrepreneurial ways of earning a living, and are accustomed to running their businesses in ways that you and I might find horrifying.
What would a professional artist or a private landscape architect really be expected to know about writing a business plan, or managing people and multimillion dollar budgets?
Unless and until there are specific minimum requirements for being a board member, it will be really hard to have a standard to hold them to.
You acted like a person running a tight business ship when you were on the board, and that is a refection of your background and profession. You wanted to keep expenses down, get the best deal on every contract, and keep potential liabilities in check. AND you knew how to do those very things.
But what would be the reasonable expectation of someone who was a public school teacher for 20 years, cares greatly about people and the community, but has absolutely no relative experience, doesn't know how to balance a budget, doesn't know how to read or write a contract, and has no knowledge whatsoever about business risks and lawsuits? (Such a person, however, would be very good at talking to children, which might actually be an asset when addressing the audience at board meetings LOL)
My points are these:
Should such a person be prohibited from being a board member???
If elected, should such a person be held to the same standard as a person with many years of business and management experience, such as yourself??
Perhaps this explains my "tolerance" regarding certain board actions, and my criticisms of others.
Joe, I would personally hold you to a much higher standard, based on your background, than I would many others.
Unless and until their is a "job description" written that clearly outlines the qualifications necessary to be a board member (besides residency), I don't think it is appropriate to set a standard higher than hard work and honesty.
Again Joe, you may look at it as mismanagement from your perspective, but I have a hard time coming to the same conclusion.
I was once told that the secret to happiness is to minimize your wants. I am perfectly happy living in an imperfect world, populated by imperfect people. I EXPECT mistakes and I don't get shocked and disappointed when they occur, at least on a small scale.
I am not mocking your quest for high standards Joe, it is an admirable ambition, but I think your personal standards may be a bit too stringent for a community board that does not require a minimum resume for candidates.
John G
John: Ideally, a Board is made up of a mix of people. And, I would not assume that just because a Board Member does not have significant business experience that they can't be tough. Jan Glisson is a great case in point. I don't think that Jan has ever run a company; but she was as tough as any business man or woman I have ever encountered when dealing with our suppliers, developers, the county etc. Jan walks softly; but carries a big stick. And, as far as I know, all of our current CZ Board Members have business experience; they just are not using it very effectively. There really is no excuse. Most important, as dues payers, we can't give any Board managing our Association, with nearly $9,000,000 of our money a PASS. I expect sound business management each and every year. The end result of the mismanagement of the past few years is an unnecessary dues increase that could have been avoided. Obviously, the extra $10 a month is not going to break any one in Coto; but it is just dumb. Further, with aggressive Supplier Selection and Contract Management processes in place and comprehensive annual goals and objectives and some longer term strategic planning, this current CZ Board might have been able to actually lower dues. I know this is possible; but it requires focus, discipline and a sound annual business plan as demonstrated by comprehensive goals and objectives. This is just good business sense. It is baffling why five smart guys currently serving on the Board just can't see it. Regards, Joe Morabito

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