Election Center 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Board Election Center Website. Check here for news, updates, candidate information, and forms.

September 17, 2013

126 Years of Experience and Service in 65 Academy Leadership Groups

Thanks to all members who took the time to vote in the Academy’s 2013 election for Regular Directors, now complete. Congratulations to Albert Beer, Thomas Campbell, Audrey Halvorson, and Annie Voldman.
 
Together the elected candidates bring more than 126 years of experience, and have served in leadership positions for over 65 different Academy leadership groups, as well as several leadership roles in other organizations.
 
The Academy received a record number of votes this year with 21.4% participation for a total of 3,844 members who voted. While this may seem unusual to some given there were four candidates for four openings, it actually shows how well the process worked.
 
It is important to remember two critical components of the Academy election for Regular Directors: 1) the goal of the election for the Academy; and 2) the ballot is only the final step after a long, highly inclusive process where all members were given the opportunity to participate in choosing the candidates put forth.
 
The complex fiduciary duties of the Board of Directors, together with the responsibility of ensuring the Academy achieves its mission, requires that the goal of election process be to assure the slate candidates bring deep expertise and experience, and also significant knowledge of the Academy history, mission, and priorities. Additionally, the candidates must be representative of Academy membership, so balanced across practice areas.
 
It is clear from both the candidate bios and the record number of votes this year that the Academy’s process yielded a slate of candidates who meet these demanding criteria.
 
At the same time, it is equally important for the Academy’s process to be inclusive. That’s why the Academy implemented an aggressive communications campaign from February through July through all Academy channels where members were invited repeatedly to get involved by nominating themselves or others, petitioning to get on the ballot, or simply staying informed about all the process and progress along the way. It was during this time frame that members have the real choices to make.

August 26, 2013

Academy Regular Director Elections are now open

Members can vote for four regular directors starting on Monday, Aug. 26. Please check for an email from Intelliscan on Monday (elections@intelliscaninc.net), the Academy's election vendor, for your online ballot. For those without email addresses, you will receive your ballot by regular mail. If you can't find your ballot and would like to vote online, visit the Intelliscan website to submit your votes. If you need help with or have questions about your ballot, send an email to  johnarbitell@intelliscaninc.com. Elections will be open until Sept. 16-We encourage you to vote!

August 8, 2013

Academy Election Update: Online Voting Opens August 26

Online voting for the four open regular director positions on the Academy board will open August 26. Academy members will receive an email on August 12 from Intelliscan, our election vendor, announcing that Academy election information will be sent to you soon. This email will come from elections@intelliscaninc.net. Please be sure to add it to your safe senders list and to check your Spam folder to make sure you receive it. Read Academy President Cecil Bykerk's message to members on the election process and upcoming dates. 

July 30, 2013

Final Slate of Regular Directors

The petition process for members who wish to nominate another candidate for regular director closed July 29, 2013, and no petitions were submitted.  As a result, the slate of candidates for regular director described in the below July 3, 2013 announcement is the final slate of regular director nominees for the upcoming membership election of regular directors, scheduled to begin on August 26, 2013 and end on September 16, 2013.  Stay tuned for further information about this year’s online voting process in the next few weeks.


July 3, 2013

Upcoming Regular Director Election

The Academy’s Nominating Committee has selected four excellent candidates for the upcoming regular director election by members, which will be held online from Aug. 26 through Sept. 16.
 
Candidates for Regular Director Positions
Regular Director, for one-year term expiring 2014  
Regular Director, for three-year term expiring 2016  
Regular Director, for three-year term expiring 2016  
Regular Director, for three-year term expiring 2016  
Petition Process
Any member who wishes to nominate another candidate for regular director, including himself or herself, can use a petition process. All petitions are due no later than July 29, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Click here to read Academy President Cecil Bykerk’s announcement.

June 10, 2013

Direct Nominations for Board Regular Directors Closed June 7

As has been frequently noted in various Academy publications, the deadline to submit nominations directly to the Nominating Committee for regular director positions on the Academy’s Board of Directors closed on June 7th.  As previously described, the Nominating Committee intends to announce its slate of regular director candidates to the membership on July 1.  At that time, the Committee also will provide specific details about how someone may submit a petition to be placed on the ballot for a regular director position.


May 16, 2013

Officer Update

In a report delivered at the May 9 meeting of the Academy’s Board of Directors, the Academy’s Nominating Committee has recommended to the board a slate of officers led by Mary D. Miller as the candidate for the next Academy president-elect. Since retiring from the Ohio Department of Insurance, and concluding her service at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as vice chairperson of its Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Task Force, Miller joined Risk & Regulatory Consulting LLC in Farmington, Connecticut as a Consulting Actuary. Over the years, Miller also has served the public interest through various volunteer positions at the Academy, including as a regular director on the Academy’s board, vice president of the Casualty Practice Council, and as co-chairperson of the Financial Soundness and Risk Management Committee. Miller was awarded the 2011 Robert J. Myers Award for Public Service. The Academy Board of Directors will vote on the slate of 2013 officer candidates at its annual meeting, which will be held with its regular fall board meeting on Oct. 1, 2013.

The committee also named Art Panighetti, an actuary at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, to serve a second year as the Academy’s treasurer, and for secretary, nominated John Moore from Denver, a consultant with TTerry Consulting and the current vice president for pension issues. The secretary and treasurer positions are elected annually by the board, with a limit of three consecutive one-year terms. Panighetti previously served on the Academy’s board as 2010–2011 vice president for life issues.

On the slate to fill what will be three open vice president positions on the board are: Mary Bahna-Nolan, director in the actuarial and insurance management solutions life practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Chicago office and chairperson of the Academy’s Life Experience Subcommittee for life issues; Eli Greenblum, senior vice president and actuary at the Segal Co. in Washington, and chairperson of the Multiemployer Plans Subcommittee  for pension issues; and William Hines, consulting actuary at Milliman in Wakefield, Mass., and chairperson of the Financial Reporting Committee for risk management/financial reporting issues. Vice presidents serve a two-year term on the board.

Regular Director Update

The Nominating Committee will provide a slate to the membership this summer of nominees for the four regular director positions open for election by members in the Academy’s third online election. There will be three full three-year terms available for election, and one one-year term to fill the remaining year of the unexpired term that would be created by election of Mary Bahna-Nolan to the vice president for life issues.

The Nominating Committee has been soliciting regular director candidates from the membership at large since Feb. 1 through notices on the Academy website and in its publications. It is the Academy board’s strong preference that those who want to be considered for regular director openings undergo the due diligence provided by the Nominating Committee’s regular process. The deadline for submitting a nomination directly to the Nominating Committee for these positions is June 7. The Nominating Committee intends to announce its slate of regular director candidates to the membership on July 1. At that time, the committee also will provide specific details about how someone may submit a petition to be placed on the ballot for a regular director position. The board has decided that petitions will require signatures of 1 percent of the membership of the Academy and can have no more than 25 percent of those signatures from any one employer. The easiest way to get on the ballot for an Academy regular director position is by submitting a nomination directly to the Nominating Committee. The committee anticipates that a slate of regular director candidates will be announced to the membership Aug. 2, with biographical information and an opportunity to pose questions to candidates, as in the past.

Chaired by 2011 Academy President Mary Frances Miller, the Nominating Committee includes President Cecil Bykerk, Immediate Past President Dave Sandberg, and President-Elect Tom Terry. Other members are Mary Bahna Nolan, Mark Dunbar, Gary Josephson, Tonya Manning, Marc Oberholtzer, Patricia Rotello, and Shari Westerfield.


January 31, 2013

Nominations Sought for Academy Regular Directors

Academy members are invited to nominate themselves or others for consideration as an Academy regular director by submitting names directly to the Academy’s Nominating Committee (the Nominating Committee also can reach out directly to members and ask them to seek election to the board as a regular director).
 
A petition process will also be available later in the year to carry forward the two-year experiment the board authorized for members. More information will become available on that process and dates for this year in the coming months. A member who would like to be considered for regular director is encouraged to let the Nominating Committee know by completing this form: Online Form for Nominations Directly to the Nominating Committee. After regular directors candidates are identified and contacted, they will be asked to complete the candidate statement form.

Nominating Committee guidelines suggest that practice area representation across the entire board be considered when nominating regular directors. As officer candidates are identified, the Nominating Committee will announce the practice areas it expects regular director nominees to represent.
 
Chaired by 2011 Academy President Mary Frances Miller, the Nominating Committee includes President Cecil Bykerk, Immediate Past President Dave Sandberg, and President-Elect Tom Terry. Other members are Mary Bahna Nolan, Mark Dunbar, Gary Josephson, Tonya Manning, Marc Oberholtzer, Patricia Rotello, and Shari Westerfield.