David Miller

 

Q: Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors.

The reason that I want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors is to make the KCBS organization the most popular and successful sanctioning body.  I move quickly and when we see an opportunity, we should act as fast as possible.  As a Board Member, I will promise to do the very best that I can to make KCBS the go to sanctioning body.  I am currently the purchasing and equipment manager for a clinical laboratory.  My previous position was the operations manager for a logistics company.  Both positions have provided me the skills to negotiate with vendors and deal with customer related issues.  I have a marketing degree with an ecommerce concentration.  As a KCBS judge for the past ten years, I have worked closely with KCBS Reps, Judges, Organizers and Sponsors.  All of these experiences have provided me with the skills to manage projects and help KCBS grow in a positive direction.



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

I have ten years of experience as a KCBS Judge with eight of those years as a Master Judge.  I have been a volunteer working the turn-in table, judging and table captaining at various events.  I enjoy table captaining at “The Jack” and meeting all of the judges, volunteers and organizers. 


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

One of the biggest issues that I see is that the KCBS family has forgotten who we are.  KCBS is an organization that prides itself on having fun, enjoying the art of BBQ and helping non-profit organizations raise money for their cause.  If elected, I want to bring all KCBS members back into a harmonious relationship.  One solution is having the Judges and Cook Teams both complete an online test once every two years to recertify.  Understanding the rules governing KCBS cooking and judging is very important to everyone.  Without this understanding, a division between cooks and judges has and will continue to occur within KCBS. As rules have changed over the past few years, I feel that both Judges and Cooks have the obligation to be completely informed.


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

Most of the challenges within KCBS are in management of people and resources.  I have managed over 35 people in the military and in civilian business.  Each one of those individuals has their own personality and I managed each person differently.  I listened to all sides of a conflict and made a decision that was fair to all parties involved.  I have a business degree and one of my strongest skillsets is negotiations.  I negotiated a buying contract with a major vendor that reduced our company’s overall costs by 38%.  I could use these skills on the board to assist the Board of Directors with moving KCBS forward in a positive light.