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2015 EC Elections

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Candidate Statements

Joel Goodwin

The bulk of my business career has been in IT management.  I have run IT departments as the manager/director and dealt with budgets, employees, and management.  I have Operations Management experience from the first manufacturer I worked for and was a part of the Executive Counsel for a while with the second.  After hoping around a bit from job to job, I have currently landed at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) where I supervise a group of engineers in the Network Operations Center (NOC) of the datacenter.  We monitor every facet of the IT Infrastructure and report on all of it.  Even though the shifts and the drive are long, I have been blessed with a lot of time off each week during which I can get my classwork done and still do some woodworking.

My woodworking career began with the creation of a trundle bed sometime around '93 or '94.  My father-in-law (at the time) was a master carpenter for a school board.  He and his crew built all of the portable classrooms for the county.  Due to this, and his willingness to teach me, I can frame a house, put on a roof, do electrical and plumbing, put up and finish drywall, and put down and finish a floor.  I have built beds, dressers, end tables, treasure and blanket chests, candle sconces, plant stands, benches, and chairs.  In the late '90's I met a gentleman who introduced me to some crazy guy on television named Roy Underhill.  Seeing Roy work without power tools was amazing.  Since that day, I started collecting and using hand tools in my own woodworking, even if only a little.  Over the last 4 to 5 years, I have done little to no woodworking with power tools and have completed multiple projects entirely by hand, such as jewelry boxes, a pipe box, multiple hand-planes, 2 full sized dressing tables (lowboys), and my own workbench.  Currently, I use only the tools, materials, and techniques that would have been available to a cabinetmaker in the year 1750.  That means only wooden bodied, single bladed hand-planes.  Everything is hand cut and hand planed from rough sawn, mostly air dried material.  I use card scrapers and Pumice for smoothing, make and use my own varnish, and use beeswax as a final coat.

I believe that I have the business experience and acumen needed to be on any Board of Directors.  I have finished my B.S. in Business Administration and am currently in the M.B.A. program at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.).  I also have a broad range and depth of knowledge in woodworking and my furniture love resides in the 18th century, most specifically within the Queen Anne period of the late 1730's and through the 1760's.  I love to teach others my skills but sometimes find myself trying to be 'perfect' in my knowledge and execution before passing along the information.  I believe that every woodworker should have hand-planes and other hand tools that are used on at least some part of each of their projects if for no other reason than to keep a link to the past and hopefully for the betterment of their own skill set.  These can also be helpful considering that some tasks are still better done (and done faster) with hand tools than with a machine.

It would be my goal on the Board to see SAPFM become more unified as an organization.  We have a healthy list of Chapters that hopefully will continue to grow but I do not see a consolidated place where each can draw information from regarding the others.  Each member may know that a particular city has a Chapter and who to contact in that Chapter but what does that Chapter do, what projects are they working on, what speakers or presentations are coming up, and what have they worked on in the past?  Some Chapters may have extensive lists of photos and videos of past meetings and presentations while others are just getting started.  All of this information needs to be consolidated under SAPFM for all members to have access too.  How else will the new Chapters know how to get started?  How else will they know where others are going?  How else will they learn and expand on their own skill sets?

I believe that my business experience along with my love and abilities for period furniture making would be an asset to the SAPFM Board.  I look forward to seeing where The Lord leads with this and where I can be of the most use to this amazing organization and its members.

Roger Hall 

I've been a member of SAPFM since 2001, and well remember how happy I was to find an organization that so closely mirrored my interests. SAPFM for me, has been a wonderful vehicle both educationally and socially --- I've met lots of great people through SAPFM, many of whom I now consider friends. Most all of them have been very free with help and advice. Through those years, even before joining the Board, and due to the fact that I live in Williamsburg, I have been able to assist our group a bit with the annual meeting, and signing up new members from the 1st session (non-SAPFM session) of "Working Wood...".

Personally, I've been making or repairing wooden objects (usually furniture) for almost 50 years,  full disclosure demands that I state that a number of them, particularly early on, served only as lessons in humility and firewood, but you never stop learning and improving your skills.

I have been retired for 8 years, but currently volunteer in the Furniture Conservation Lab at Colonial Williamsburg, and have been on SAPFM's Board for the past year. I make chairs, tables, cupboards, etc., basically things we need in or around the house. One particular set of 1770 Tidewater dining room chairs was made around the world (a couple made here, a couple there) from the same mahogany boards that we carried with us as we moved, always devoting one bedroom of our foreign apartments as my shop.

As to administrative skills that I have which might benefit the Board and our membership; I have managed small to medium sized business units and have spent a good bit of time on Boards or reporting to Boards. I understand the types of issues that affect organizations, and some of the solutions for those issues. With SAPFM, in the interest of making sure we are operating within all the regulations, I have worked to obtain good legal and accounting services, which we now have. I am working on some investment issues for SAPFM as well. As mentioned above, I also try to be the go between for SAPFM with Colonial Williamsburg and to recruit new members as described above.

About 4-5 years ago I helped start what is now the Blue Ridge Chapter of SAPFM, and 18 months ago, along with Ben Hobbs, started the Tidewater Chapter. SAPFM has grown to be a significant part of my life.

Dave Redlin 

My name is Dave Redlin and would like to be included on the ballet for the Executive Council. I believe the important elements in being a successful board member is your dedication, commitment and overall passion for that organization. As the long time moderator of the Indiana Chapter of SAPFM, I recognize the commitment and drive needed for members of the Executive Council and would be honored to serve. Also, my relevant experience as a member of a Steering Committee with another local woodworking club adds value to my experience. One pertinent responsibility while on the committee was acquiring various woodworking professionals and securing them for the yearly ‘Pro-Presenter’ meeting. This responsibility included determining topic and agenda of the meeting and all travel logistics.

I’ve been in the construction arena all my life and eventually led me to Purdue University. After acquiring a degree in construction project management, my career led me to the greater Indianapolis region. With a lengthy background in residential and multi-family construction projects, detailed organization, prioritization in resources and time management skills were developed. These traits area vital to any organization and will help serve our organization in a variety of ways.

I feel that, with serving the best interests of our organization in mind, it is important to develop programs and events to foster enthusiasm and excitement in the local chapters. Membership presentations and demonstrations are the backbone of SAPFM and are encouraged throughout. However, alternative programs and ideas/resources should be suggested and available if the membership wants to secure an outside source for the meeting. Evaluation of barriers that might prohibit such a contribution should be a constantly reviewed and discussed. This philosophy is vital and crucial to the longevity of our organization.

Jim Shapiro

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work on the SAPFM Board of Directors for the past three years.  I have been a SAPFM member for about 13 years and have been active in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter since its initiation six years ago.

My journey to Period Furniture was a meander, and probably not atypical.  I've liked working with my hands for as long as I can remember.  I enjoyed mechanical problems growing up, and even though I majored in biology, my research was mechanics-based cell manipulation rather than deep biochemistry.  I got my introduction to furniture-making in a night class at a local high school, which fortunately had a great woodshop and an engaging instructor.  The class project was a Shaker table, which I still have (but is best viewed in dim light!).  It was my love of the history of America’s founding, together with some Carlyle Lynch measured drawings that ultimately led me to period furniture.  I’ve worked exclusively in that style for the last 15 years and have contributed two articles to our Journal with a third in the works for this year.  I have also written several updates for the e-Magazine.

In my professional life, I was an investment banker for fifteen years and have been a venture capitalist for the last sixteen, all focused on medical technology.  I have served on a variety of private and public company boards in the medical technology industry in the US and Israel, and on several not-for-profit boards.  I am a firm believer that the heart and soul of SAPFM will always be the contributions of those with woodworking knowledge, and that the board’s role is to make it as easy as possible for them to share it.   I have brought my non-woodworking experience to the SAPFM board, which I think has helped by adding another business perspective.

The board has applied a lot of energy to “getting our house in order” over the past year.   I have been active on several board committees getting some of that done.  I proposed and am working on creating a nominating committee.  Our goal is to identify those who have the needed skills and encourage them to run for election to the board, to help assure solid leadership for SAPFM in its next phase of growth.  We hope to have the committee up and running early next year.  I am also working on the committee that is reviewing our bylaws to bring them up to date and reflect the current and anticipated operating structure of SAPFM.  While not glamorous it is important for our management and compliance.   I co-chaired the effort to revamp the cartouche committee structure and selection of the committee members, beginning the process of updating and clarifying the guidelines for nominee submissions.

With much of the housekeeping work now done, we can now move our focus to providing more regional chapter support and other activities that enhance the value of membership in SAPFM and further its educational mission.  As a part of that, last year we awarded our first John McAlister educational grant.  We have plans to carefully expand our grant-making effort, so SAPFM can play a meaningful role in preservation and expansion of period furniture making knowledge.

I have enjoyed working with the board over the last three years and look forward to continuing to do so, if elected to another term.