Your ballots for the 2014 Board of Directors election have been mailed, and you should be receiving yours any day. When your packet arrives, you will notice some differences. The most obvious and important among them is that you will receive a separate ballot and ballot envelope for each week that you own. This is a requirement of Florida law, and while it makes the counting of the votes less complicated, it is much more work for the Secretary and staff to assemble the packets for the owners.
There will be detailed instructions in the packet. Be sure to read and follow them carefully. It is vital that the Proxy goes in the “Proxy” envelope, and that only one ballot is inserted and sealed into each “Ballot” envelope. Please take the time to do this correctly. Make your vote count.
Since this time last year, we have undergone a monumental construction project, including spalling repair, new hurricane resistant windows, sealing the building against water intrusion, parking lot resurfacing and lighting, replacement of the 501 balcony, removal of the sewage treatment plant and connection to the city sewer, and more. I’m told that this project came in under budget and pretty much on time. Furthermore, there are no special assessments on the horizon, and the proposed budget contains no increase for the coming year.
Now to the election: As you may know, there are six candidates for three positions on the board. Two incumbents, President Gary Tucker and Director Alden Corley, and four challengers, Jim Dobbs, former president Marty Shapiro, Mary Smith and Charles Weidner. Their candidate profiles have been posted in the Owners Forum on this website, and will also be included in your packet.
I am personally acquainted with four of the six, and have had communications, either telephone or email, with the other two. I do not believe that any of the candidates are unqualified to sit on our board, but at the same time, I feel that three stand out above the others. The candidates that I support and will be voting for are:
GARY TUCKER: Gary has done an excellent job as President during the last year. He is a very hands-on leader, and acted as project manager during the construction. The contractors around Marathon found out that there was no more “business as usual” with the Hawks Nest. They were held to their timetables and paid only as work progressed. As I remarked in an earlier blog, Gary ruffles a few feathers, even those of some other members of the board, but as President, he was absolutely the person we needed at the time we needed him.
He is finishing his first two-year term on the board, the last year as president. Gary tells me that he wants to serve one more term on the board and then intends to move aside for new blood.
CHARLES WEIDNER: Charlie hopes to replace our outgoing Treasurer, Mike Oostmeyer. Mike has served us very well as Treasurer since 2010, but is now retiring from the board.
In many ways, the Treasurer’s position is the most important on the board, and it isn’t often that a candidate is qualified to hold that position, and even more infrequent that one is willing. Fortunately for us, Charlie is such a candidate. He has a strong background in finance, and has considerable experience performing the duties of Treasurer for a large industry association, and with other non-profit organizations. In addition, Charlie has a degree in engineering, which will be helpful with future projects around the Hawks Nest.
JAMES DOBBS: I have known Jim for many years as he and I own at the same time here at the Hawks Nest. Jim is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, and has extensive experience sitting on boards of directors, including as president of the condominium where he resides, and several church boards as well.
Jim feels that it is of utmost importance that plans be laid to perform maintenance and upgrades to the property on a systematic basis.
As his candidate profile indicates, Jim has been urged several times to run for the board. My experience with Jim Dobbs is that he is a smart, capable person who will be an active and engaged member of the board if he is elected.
Please consider voting for these three individuals when you return your ballot. The Hawks Nest is on a roll, so to speak, and I believe these three are the best choices to continue us down that path.
But most important, no matter which candidates you support, PLEASE VOTE!