Benny Adauto - Whittier, CA
1. Please describe the skills you posses (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you an asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS Board of Directors and its membership.
Hello, Hola, Hallo, Bonjour, Ciao and Guten Tag. I’m Benny Adauto, a member since
2006 and a candidate to serve as one of your Board of Directors for the next 3 years.
I live in California and am a retiree of the LAUSD having served the public for 30 years.
I bring skills that include budget planning, contract negotiations, personnel investigations/
discipline and of course dealing with the public. All skills that are useful in any
international organization such as ours. What sets me apart from other candidates is
experience judging and competing overseas. While that is not unique, there are only
a handful of teams who have done so. I’ve had the opportunity to meet several of our
international members and have made many new friends. I’ve also seen and heard of
their growing pains and understand how KCBS can better serve them.
2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning one of the areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.
I have competed in over 150 KCBS contests as both an assistant on the Slap Yo Daddy BBQ team (2010-2011) and as the head cook of my own team, Funtime BBQ (2007-present). Funtime BBQ has earned several 180s and also one 700 pin. I am also a Master CBJ, allowing me the unique ability to see issues from both a cook’s and judge’s perspective. So, I’ll jump into the ire and state the biggest issue I see is not judge training but judges gaining experience after their training. So often we see judging classes where there are already two or three times more judges than seats available. I know, the classes bring in revenue to KCBS but I would propose that classes be limited to areas where there are judge shortages. Also, I would propose only allowing an organizer to hold a CBJ class every other year at the most unless there continues to be a judge shortage at their contest. Again, I understand KCBS uses those classes for revenue, as do organizers, but in the interest of getting judges the experience needed to improve their skills, KCBS needs to conduct classes where a need exists for more judges.
3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement
change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals.
I do not plan to be a career KCBS Board member, so I’m not sure 3 years can be considered long term. I see 3 issues that can be accomplished rather quickly if other Board members are progressive enough for change.
First, encourage the use of the Judge Sign Up system by giving organizers a financial bonus to use it (reduced team fees). This will allow judges to sign up on first come/first serve basis. It eliminates signing up for multiple contest on the same dates thereby reducing no-call/no-shows. It also brings more daily visits to the KCBS website as judges search for newly listed events. Second, bring more excitement and teams into the KCBS TOY race. I will propose that KCBS retain the 10 contest (and whatever the current points system is) requirement with one major change. That is, to make the contests that count for a team’s points be consecutive. This would allow for teams who do not have the time or budget to compete in up to 40 contests the chance to do well and stay close to home by competing in 10-20 contests. The computerized system can even use 10 different consecutive contests for each of the 4 meat categories and overall. I’m sure the current TOY leaders will still be among the top teams because of their consistency. However, my suggestion would be more interesting and encourage more teams to take a shot at the TOY races.
Lastly, bring more oversite by the KCBS Board on how international contests are conducted. As I stated above, some of this is growing pains but even contests that have been held for many years now are being allowed to sidestep written KCBS rules. The Board must do more to oversee the actions of the International Committee regarding the accommodations being made which affect teams and judges.
4. If elected please explain, “your level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings
and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members. Please understand that
“whatever time is required” is not an acceptable answer. Executive Committee members typically volunteer 8-10 hours a month
and Committee Chairs typically volunteer 3-5 hours a month. “No Report” often means no activity. Will you be an active board
member or inactive board member?
I am excited and anxious to be able to serve the membership. As a retiree, I have nothing but time to be available for committee and Board work. Also, I have no bbq related business interests that would benefit from being elected as one of your Board members. Therefore, all my decisions will be based on the best interests of KCBS members. To make sure I can give KCBS the time required to be a Board member, I plan to reduce the number of contests I compete in (only committed to 3, including 1 in Europe) and plan to use the time and budget I used for competing to meet members by visiting contests. I’m also looking forward to traveling to KC for Board or committee meetings as necessary.
5. What new ideas would you have in regards to marketing or new ideas that would benefit membership?
I’ve shared one of my new ideas above which would really help retain members who sign up for a judging class and never get to judge. Those members get discouraged and do not renew their membership. By using the Judge Sign Up system, all a judge needs to do is be alert and they have an equal chance to sign up for contests. It is not fair to new judge to be shut out of contests by organizers who have their list of preferred judges. KCBS will retain more members if the system is made more fair for newer judges.
6. Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.
As stated above, I’ve been a KCBS member since 2006. I’ve attended well over 200 events as either a judge and competitor in 6 states and two foreign countries. I’ve attended two KCBS annual banquets, one in KC and the other in San Diego, CA.
7. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors.
As I look to reduce my competition schedule I am looking for a way to stay involved with KBCS and all the great friends I’ve met throughout the last 12 years. Being a KCBS Board member will allow me to do just that. I would also like to meet new friends by making my equipment available for those of you who would like to combine a competition with a CA, NV or AZ vacation. Thank you for reading all this and I hope you are encouraged to use one of your votes for me. I can be reached on FB at Funtime BBQ or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.