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SFPE 2017 Board of Directors Candidate Slate

Tuesday, August 9, 2016  
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To: SFPE Membership

From: Jack Poole, SFPE Secretary-Treasurer

The 2016 Nominating Committee, comprised of Carl Baldassarra (Chair), Kees Both, Gilles Carrier, Jaime Moncada, Rodger Reiswig, and Tracy Vecchiarelli have completed their work. They are submitting to the SFPE membership the following candidates for the 2017 Board of Directors.

President-Elect (One to be elected)
Jim Begley, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP (USA)
J.C. Harrington, PE, FSFPE (USA)
Michael Strömgren (SWEDEN)

Secretary-Treasurer (One to be elected)
Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE (USA)

Board of Directors  (Three to be elected)
Justin B. Biller, PE, CFPS, CLSS-HCFM (USA)
John Campbell, PE, P.Eng., CFPS, FIFireE (USA)
Wan Ki Chow, FSFPE (CHINA)
Amanda Kimball, PE (USA)>
Alfred “Fred” Leber, CET, FSFPE (CANADA)
Armelle Muller (FRANCE)
Thomas Price, Jr., CFPS, COHC (USA)
Kirk Rosenhan, PE, CEng, FIFireE (USA)
Bernie Till, FSFPE (USA)
Allyn Vaughn, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP (USA)

Voting Procedure

The ballot will be sent out electronically on October 3, 2016 and will include photos, background information and statements from all of the candidates. Voting will be open for 30 days and will end on November 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm US Eastern Time. In accordance with the SFPE Constitution and Bylaws, each member in good standing as of October 3, 2016 (which means dues are paid in full) will be entitled to select one nominee for 2017 President-Elect, one nominee for 2017 Secretary-Treasurer, up to three nominees for the class of 2019 Board of Directors, and up to three nominees for the 2017 Nominating Committee. Please be sure to check and ensure that you are a member in good standing prior to October 3 and that we have a valid email address on file. Individuals who are not in good standing as of October 3, or who do not have a valid email address on file, will not be eligible to vote in this election. The results of this election will be announced to the membership no later than November 11.

Diversity Goals

The Board of Directors believes that the SFPE is better served by having a Board which reflects the diversity of our membership. Accordingly, please consider business sector, gender and geography when selecting members for the Board of Directors.

Specifically, it is important that the Board have representation from the various business sectors of our membership to address the various professional practice needs of our members. It is important that the Board have representation by gender to better understand the needs of women in our profession so that SFPE can attract and maintain members in this demographic. It is also important that the Board be represented geographically by having members from outside of the United States so that SFPE leadership is attuned to the current and future needs of such members which will lead to the long-term growth of the organization.


Members have the privilege and responsibility of voting for nominees or candidates of their choice. The Board of Directors has adopted campaign rules, which apply to this election process, and can be found in SFPE's Standing Rules. Campaigning for any office following the announcement of candidates is prohibited. Only official information about the nominees or candidates from SFPE is allowed. Campaigning and campaign materials include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Personal email or postal correspondence which asks chapters for their assistance or support during the election;
  • Distribution of books, pamphlets, resumes, photographs, other printed materials, ribbons, buttons, or trinkets which includes the nominee's or candidate's name during the election cycle;
  • Presentations or speeches which ask the chapters or individuals for their assistance or support during the election.

These Rules apply to not only the nominees or candidates, but other members or surrogates who may be acting on behalf of a nominee or candidate. During any election cycle, it is prudent that candidates and other members refrain from any correspondence, speeches or distribution of any materials which potentially could be deemed as campaigning.

The SFPE Board of Directors has the sole responsibility to determine if a violation has taken place, and to determine the penalty of any candidate for SFPE office who violates the procedures. The range of penalties can include, but is not limited to, removal from the ballot regardless of the outcome of votes cast, to being banned from all future elections for any office.

Petition Process

In accordance with the SFPE Constitution and Bylaws and Standing Rules, additional nominations for any officer or director position may be made by written petition signed by 5% of members in good standing and received by the Secretary-Treasurer not later than September 1 at 5:00 PM US Eastern Time. Petitions should be submitted to Jack Poole at

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