David McAllister

Q: Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors and the skills you possess which would make you an asset as a board member.

I want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors because I feel there is a void as it relates to technology that needs to be addressed.  I have been involved in the technology sector in the Kansas City area for the last 18 years, more specifically developing applications for both Windows and the web.   The addition of someone with a strong technology background can help curb some of the issues that have plagued the organization in the last few years and help lead KCBS into the future. 

Q: Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I am a member of the 913 BBQ competition bbq team and am a CBJ.  As a member of the 913 BBQ team, I cook around 25 competitions a year.   We started cooking competition bbq in 2014 and have been members of KCBS from the start.

Q: As a board member, what do you believe are the major challenges currently facing KCBS?

The biggest issue is how KCBS is using or not using technology.   For example, the web platform experienced problems due to launching it early and without any beta testing.  The right planning and experience on the board of how a technology project operates could have reduced the impact to the end users.  The current issues that are related to uploading the results, team and judge registrations are other examples of not using the technology properly by trying to manipulate a membership platform into a one size fits all application.

Q: In dealing with these challenges, give an example of how your skills would service the KCBS membership as a Director on the board.

Being a software developer for the last 18 years, I have experienced both the good and bad as it relates to technology projects and can bring to the table those experiences. I feel that my experience and skill set will allow for other board members to lean on me to help make the appropriate decisions around the technology topics that come up and if needed to dig into the code and fix the issues ourselves.