BPA 2013 Election Ballot
April 15, 2013

VOTING IS OPEN THROUGH JULY 15.

All current members of the BPA may vote regardless of membership level—including all paid pre-registrants of the 2013 World Boardgaming Championships—except those purchasing one-day Guest passes. Votes will be recorded in accordance with membership status as outlined on the membership page and are weighted appropriately by election officials. Those elected to the BPA Board will serve three-year terms through the 2016 convention season. The new Board will be introduced during the BPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, at 3 p.m. in the Lancaster Showroom at Lancaster Host in Lancaster, PA. All BPA members are invited to attend.

This year we are voting electronically. In order to vote, use our electronic ballot. The e-mail you supply with your vote must match the e-mail we have on file for you (and will be the e-mail this Notice was sent to). Each member may cast only one ballot, and may vote for up to three (3) individual candidates on that ballot. Multiple ballots from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. The final day to vote is July 15, 2013. In order for your vote to count, you must cast your ballot on the website no later than midnight on July 15, 2013.

For those without internet access, we will accept ballots by United States Post Office Regular Mail. Mail your ballot to: BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 in time for delivery by July 15, 2013. Ballots delivered in any other manner will not be considered.

The last day to join the BPA in order to be eligible to vote is July 15—the "Record Date". In order for the Vote to count, a quorum of ten percent (10%) of all members who have joined the BPA as of the Record Date must cast valid ballots on or before the Final Voting Date. We anticipate the Quorum will be approximately 120 voters.

NOTE: Any person may run for election as a Director. Candidates must comply with the Board’s nomination rules in order to be placed on the ballot. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected.

[  ] Joshua Githens, SC—For your consideration, I am running for reelection to the BPA Board of Directors this term.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to contribute to the BPA and the WBC as a whole over the previous term.  It is my impression that we have been able to make several positive strides as a community of gamers and I look forward to being able to continue providing my dedicated service and talents to shape and progress the overall vision of the WBC as an inclusive vehicle for all members to benefit.  Continued measured innovation will be critical in navigating the BPA / WBC into the horizon we see before us.  Paypal registration integration is just one example of ways we can benefit from new implementations to the BPA and I look forward to being a driving force behind other mutually beneficial improvements.  It is my desire to be an asset to this journey and wish to thank you in advance for your support.

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[  ] Jon Lockwood, VA —I am 57 years old, and have been a devoted boardgamer since 1968. I served 30 years in the US Army as an Intelligence Officer, and now work for the Department of Homeland Security. As a GM for the past twelve years, I am familiar with what gamers need to get the most out of their gaming experience. Serving on the BPA Board of Directors will be the best way to give back to the hobby that I have enjoyed for 45 years. I encourage my supporters to vote for both me and my running mate Bruno Sinigaglio as a combined ticket. Our motto: We are the Grognard Party! “We ain’t dead yet, and we still have all our marbles!”
[  ] Tom McCorry, VA—Over the next three years the BPA Board of Directors will have to address several major issues: the ending of our current hotel contract and decision on where to hold the WBC, the tradeoffs associated with a new site if a change is made, the imminent retirement of Don and selection of a new Convention Director, and maintaining the WBC’s tournament focus while managing the rapid growth in open gaming. I attend many gaming events around the world and am an active GM which allows me to interact with many BPA members on their interests and concerns and bring first-hand experience to the Board on what is and isn’t working for other conventions. I look forward to an opportunity to continue volunteering my business and gaming experience as a BPA Board member to help keep the WBC the best gaming event of the year for the entire spectrum of board gamers.
[  ] Bruce Reiff, OH—Over the past years I've done my best to continue to make the WBC the best convention where everyone from young to old can come and play their favorite type(s) of games. We've been able to do so while maintaining the convention on the solid financial footing that it currently enjoys. We've now reached a crossroad with Don announcing that he's considering retiring in the next few years. We are also on the verge of a new hotel contract, and I've already made some visits with him. I've been to every Avaloncon and WBC and feel that I have the experience to help guide these two crucial decisions. As some of you know my daughters attend this convention. My goal is to keep this convention fun, vital and entertaining so that my grandchildren, and yours, can enjoy this wonderful event in the future, and I would ask for your vote. Thank you.  
[  ] Bruno Sinigaglio, AK—I ask you to vote for Sinigaglio-Lockwood as a combined duo on the Grognard Party ticket! “We ain’t dead yet.” My first wargame was DDay in 1963. My experience would benefit the BPA Board. I am the Chief of Maintenance and Operations at Fort Wainwright, Alaska—700 facilities in an area the size of Connecticut. So, I can help with evaluations and discussions with facilities, even though the present Board members, being gamers, know everything already. I want to ensure that gamers of ALL venues have a voice in the preservation of their favorites. There is a yearly struggle to retain games in every venue. I have participated in those struggles and would like to be a voice for anyone attempting to do likewise. I worked for Avalon Hill on select projects as designer, developer, and star center fielder. I have worked conventions in various capacities going back to Origins I, long before Bruce Reiff dreamed about winning plaques. I have GMed the following events at various “Doncons” since 1980: 776, AFK, ANZ, B17, BWD, B81, CMS, FSE, GBH, GBG, PGG, PZB, QGB, SAR, SQL, TRC, VIP, and WAS, as well as Juniors and the AH500.  
[  ] Ray Stakenas, MI—I have been privileged to be a member of the BPA since its inception and fortunate to have been able to attend every WBC. Through that time I have been active in running events (most notably a Jr’s event EVERY year since the beginning) and assisting, quietly, in other areas as needed/asked. As my career in business (mostly technical/management in companies of various sizes) winds down, I’m hoping to take a more active role in the BPA through the board. My gaming experiences started with Jutland in 1968 while in high school and progressed through the ‘standard’ TAHGC (RIP) games … this has included playtest efforts and other activities for several companies. I look forward to continuing this service as a member of the BPA board.
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