David Miller - Huntsville, AL
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.
For the past nine years, I have been 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 nine 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.
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 am a KCBS Master Judge with 115 events under my belt. I consider myself a home cook with aspirations of becoming a Pro Cook in the future. One of the biggest issues that I see is a rift between some of the Judges and Cook Teams. I want to bridge that gap and bring all of the KCBS members back into a harmonious relationship. One solution is having the Judges and Cook Teams both complete an online test once every year or two to recertify. With so many changes over the past few years, I feel that both Judges and Cooks have the obligation to be completely informed.
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.
My short-term goal is to bring the fun back to the KCBS BBQ Society. Judges and Cook Teams should be able to talk without the threat of banishment. I have many friends who are cooks and it pains me that when I arrive on the day of an event, I cannot walk by and wish them luck. We must have trust that our judges and cook teams will preserve the sanctity of the event without fraternizing to the point of changing the outcome of an event.
My long-term goal is to make KCBS the premier sanctioning body for the majority of cooking events throughout the US and International markets. I want to introduce a marketing plan to present to all cooking events showing that our organization has the most top-notch judges in the world.
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?
My level of commitment is, “Whatever it takes to get the job done.” When I am assigned tasks with deadlines, I make it a point to complete those tasks on time with the best possible outcome. I always represent KCBS to the public and If elected, I will make myself available to our members and respond to their concerns in a timely manner. Everyone has an idea, some good and some bad, but we must be open to new ideas if they make us stronger.
5. What new ideas would you have in regards to marketing or new ideas that would benefit membership?
One of the main marketing concepts that is unique to KCBS is that all of our judges are trained by certified BBQ instructors. We should send trained KCBS members to meet with organizers from different types of events. Prove to them why our judging members are the best and why their event should use KCBS as their sanctioning body. Another marketing idea is getting KCBS back on television in Prime Time. We have many friends in the television business and we should take advantage of their influence. You will never know unless you ask. IT takes sponsorship to make these things happen, and we must look to our partnerships to get it done. Also, I want to expand the backyard events to pull more cooks into the fold. This is an untapped resource that doesn't get enough attention. A trend is catching on in Texas and that is Varsity High School Cook Teams. I would like to explore how KCBS can contribute to this growing culture.
6. Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.
I have nine years of experience as a KCBS Judge with seven 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.
7. 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 my 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.