Leading AFA into the Future

Are YOU willing to serve? The American Fence Association is pleased to announce the call for volunteers for the 2020 Board of Directors and committees is now open. We rely heavily on our members to assist with committees, activities, projects and service on our Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates for President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Directors and committee members.

Service on the AFA Board of Directors or an AFA committee will help you to grow personally and professionally, develop skills, gain irreplaceable experience, and provide an opportunity to drive and influence the decisions of our organization and shape government policies that affect the livelihoods of AFA members and their customers.

Board and committee service will also provide these unique opportunities:

  • Cultivate valuable skills in non-profit governance, program planning, and strategic planning
  • Magnify your network of professional contacts
  • Increase recognition from your employer, community, or peers

Help lead the AFA into the future by encouraging a colleague or friend to apply or to apply yourself and serve the Association to maintain a positive and professional direction for the future.

The deadline for submitting your interest to serve AFA for the 2020 year is on August 30, 2019. Any member of AFA can submit their interest in volunteering. Once submissions close, the Nominating Committee, comprised of Board and Chapter President Members will review the candidates and determine who would be a good fit for the open positions. The committee would reach out to those people to confirm their interest, and the names will be placed on a slate for the Board and CPC to vote on. All voting for the 2020 year will be completed by October 1, 2019 with New Officers and Board Members taking office in January 2020.

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2019

Requirements for Elected Office

Nominees for President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary positions must have served at least two (2) years as a Director on the Board prior to running for an officer position.

Requirements for Director

Each Director position will be filled by a member that has been in good standing for a minimum of three (3) years immediately prior to taking office, with the exception of the Directors representing Divisions.

Position Descriptions

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President-Elect

Qualifications for President-Elect

  1. Is well acquainted with the organization, its history, mission, current role, finances, programs and services, constituency and staff; understands the external forces that affect the organization.

  2. Has demonstrated energy, commitment and support for the Association’s mission.

  3. Must be willing to devote the necessary time to fulfill responsibilities of the Office.

  4. Possesses the ability to inspire a shared vision for the mission of the organization.

  5. Shall have served at least two (2) years as a Director prior to running for an officer position.

  6. Must be a member in good standing of the Association.

Duties of President-Elect

  1. Review Board agenda materials in advance and understand the issues presented.

  2. Understand the strategic plan, organizational priorities and support AFA’s public policies.

  3. Represent the interests of the organization when voting on action items. While discussion should reflect personal experience or expertise, the primary responsibility of a member of the Board is the well-being of AFA.

  4. In the absence of the President, or in the event of his/her inability or refusal to act, the President-Elect shall perform all the duties of the President.

  5. Shall perform all duties incident to the office of President-Elect and such other duties as may be prescribed by law, by the Association’s Bylaw, or as may be assigned by the President or Board of Directors.

Terms of Office for the President-Elect

The terms of office shall be one year. The terms shall begin on January 1 following their election and shall continue to December 31 of that year. At such time, the President-Elect shall become President. No elected officer shall be eligible to hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms without the interruption of at least one (1) year from the date the officer ceased holding such office.

Treasurer

Qualifications for Treasurer

  1. Shall have served at least two (2) years as a Director prior to running for an officer position.

  2. Must be a member in good standing of the Association.

  3. Is well acquainted with the organization, its history, mission, current role, finances, programs and services, constituency and staff.

  4. Understands the external forces that affect the organization.

  5. Has demonstrated energy, commitment and support for the Association’s mission.

  6. Must be willing to devote the necessary time to fulfill responsibilities of the Office.

  7. Ability to communicate the contents of financial statements and the implications of the financial data.

Duties of Treasurer

  1. Shall remain fully advised as to the financial condition of the Association.

  2. Have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the Association.

  3. Shall be responsible for the receipt and disbursement thereof.

  4. Shall be responsible for confirming the records, documents, and resolutions of the Association and the Board of Directors.

  5. Shall regularly report to the Board of Directors on the financial conditions of the Association.

Terms of Office for Treasurer

The term of office of the Treasurer shall be two (2) years. The terms shall begin on January 1 following their election and shall continue to December 31 of that year. No elected officer shall be eligible to hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms without the interruption of at least one year from the date the officer ceased holding such office.

Secretary

Qualifications for Secretary

  1. Shall have served at least two (2) years as a Director prior to running for an officer position.

  2. Must be a member in good standing of the Association.

  3. Has demonstrated energy, commitment and support for the Association’s mission.

  4. Must be willing to devote the necessary time to fulfill responsibilities of the Office

Duties of Secretary

  1. Shall be responsible for authenticating the records, documents and resolutions of the Association, the Board of Directors and its members.

  2. Shall perform all duties incedent to the office of Secretary and such other duesties as may be prescribed by law, by the Bylaws, or as may be assigned by the President or Board of Directors from time to time.

Terms of Office for Secretary

The term of office of the Treasurer shall be one (1) year. The term shall begin on January 1 following their election and shall continue to December 31 of that year. No elected officer shall be eligible to hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms without the interruption of at least one year from the date the officer ceased holding such office.

Directors

Qualifications for Director

  1. Must be a member that has been in good standing for a minimum of three (3) years immediately prior to taking office with the exception of Directors representing Divisions.

Duties of Director

  1. Must be present at Board meetings and prepared to participate, having read all materials prior to coming to the meeting.

  2. Must be sensitive to conflicts of interest, legal and practical.

  3. Must question any conflict of interest by a Director or staff.

  4. Must obtain advice from AFA’s staff, lawyer, auditor, or fellow Directors regarding any conflict situation, or information provided to the board which the Director does not understand.

  5. Must be sensitive to AFA’s financial affairs, an area of particular fiduciary concern.

  6. Must destroy or return to AFA or give to their successors AFA records in their possession which were obtained as Directors. Such records are subject to subpoena and should be stored or destroyed in accordance with AFA’s formal document record retention policy.

  7. Travel will be reimbursed.

Terms of Office for Director

Each elected Director shall serve a three (3) year term and then may be eligible for re-election. Directors representing Divisions will serve up to three (3) years, at the discretion of their Divisions. The Directors’ terms shall begin on January 1st following their election and shall expire on December 31st of the third year following their election. No Director shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms without the interruption of at least one year, with the exception of a Director who is an officer. The CPC Chair will serve as a Director for the duration of his/her term as the CPC Chair.

Committees

Awards Committee

Oversees and facilitates the AFA Industry Project Awards competition held at FENCETECH annually. (Maximum of 4 conference calls.)

Blue Ribbon Company Committee

Evaluates BRC applications and evaluates opportunities for enhancement of program. (Maximum of 2 conference calls.)

Certification & Accreditation Committee

Responsible for development and enhancement of an AFA Company Certification
that recognizes professional companies and develop a plan to have AFA Certified Companies required in specifications. (Maximum of 6 conference calls and 4 face-to-face meetings.)

Education Committee

Develop and Coordinate education sessions that enhance and ensure that proper training materials are provided at FENCETECH, AFA University and Chapter related training. (Maximum of 4 conference calls.)

Mission Committee

Committee oversees charitable projects using donations at FENCETECH for Ronald McDonald House or other charitable entities. (Maximum of 4 conference calls.)

Specifiers Development Committee

Working closely with the Certification & Accreditation Committee to develop a web-based format for the AFA Learning Management System for CEU learning opportunities. Develop method for submitting the AFA Certified Fence Contractor program to architects, engineers and others responsible for specifications. (Maximum of 6 conference calls and 4 face-to-face meetings.)

Young Fence Professionals Committee

Facilitate a young leadership program for future AFA leadership. (Maximum of 4 conference calls and 1 face-to-face meeting.)

Membership Committee

Participate and support the ongoing task of improved member engagement to include new members and retention of members. (Maximum of 6 conference calls.)

School Instructors

Fence Business Contractor School

Provide instruction as a subject matter expert for the Fence Business Contractor school training and support additional levels of training development. Included areas are Sales & Marketing, Estimating & Bidding, Insurance and Legal, Accounting & Business Practices, OSHA & Safety Programs, UL325 & ASTM F2200 Standards. (2-3 day commitment at American Fence Association University.)

Fence Installation School

Provide instruction as a subject matter expert for the existing fence school training and support
additional levels of training development. Included areas are the Core and Discipline areas of the fence industry. (1-week commitment at American Fence Association University.)

Operator Installer School

Provide instruction as a subject matter expert for the existing operator school training and support additional levels of training development. Included are all aspects of the gate operator installation process. (1-week commitment at American Fence Association University.)

Automatic Gate System Design School

Provide instruction as a subject matter expert for the existing gate system design school training and support additional levels of training development. Included are all aspects of the gate system design process. (2-day minimum commitment at testing events.)

Divisions

Deck & Rail Institute

This division of AFA is focused on the advancement of advocacy, training and safety standards for the deck and rail industry. Also working with FENCETECH to re-establish DECKTECH as an industry trade show. The goal is that this division be a valuable resource for consumers and the industry.
School Instructor (1-week commitment)
Committee Work (4-6 conference calls)

Hispanic Fence Association

This division of AFA is focused on the Hispanic community to offer the same benefits as the American Fence Association to help the language barrier challenges that occur. This committee will work closely with AFA Staff to convert existing materials to Spanish.
School Instructor (1-week commitment)
Committee Work (4-6 conference calls)

Vinyl Manufacturers Association

This division offers support to the Vinyl and PVC industry. This division supports the manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to enhance the Vinyl and PVC industry through improved advocacy, training and standards
development.
Committee Work (4-6 conference calls, 1 face-to-face meeting)

Election Package

Each candidate must submit the following items in their election package:

  1. A professional headshot photo as a JPEG image

  2. A biography of no more than 250 words outlining your qualifications, as well as contributions to AFA or other related Associations

  3. A maximum of three (3) letters from AFA members supporting your willingness to serve