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J.D.
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http://www.scca.org/newsarticle.aspx?hub=6&news=3507

Erik Skirmants over at Enterprises should put his hat in this. If any of you have any interest, support for Erik would be support for SM and the Spec way of life.

JJ, well wishes to you and your family.

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(Maybe I should have posted the content from the link above, I closed the other topic regarding Julow leaving)


SCCA Begins Search Process for Executive Succession

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 16, 2008) – Sports Car Club of America’s Board of Directors announced today that it has begun a process to find the Club’s next president. Current SCCA President and CEO Jim Julow informed the Board of his intention to leave the post at the end of his three-year contract, February 1, 2009.

“While we were saddened to hear that Jim will not be extending his contract, change brings opportunity,” SCCA Chairman R.J. Gordy said. “Jim has brought tremendous business operations acumen to the position, and we believe it has changed the business side of the Club in a very positive manner. We now look ahead to the opportunity to expand on what Jim has brought the last three years.”

Julow intends to serve his full contract that named him to the post in 2006.

“I will do everything I can to help transition SCCA to its next president,” Julow said. “It is a great organization with great members, and I will miss the interaction with the individuals that make the Club special. However, over the last several months, it has become clear that the Board and I disagree on the amount of change the Club needs and the pace at which that change needs to occur. For that reason, we differ philosophically, and it’s best for the Club and its future to make a change moving forward that will bring the board and its president much more into alignment.”

The new executive search will be led by a search committee, made up of members of the current SCCA Board of Directors with outside counsel. The Board has also determined a slight change in the duties of the position, including a title change to president and chief operating officer.

“We are seeking candidates with a strong background in marketing and business operations, as well as a solid understanding and appreciation of the Club’s culture,” Gordy said. “The president and COO will lead the staff in executing the policy set forth by the Board of Directors.”

Interested parties should e-mail resumes to presidentsearch@scca.com or fax to (785) 862-7190.

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I'll restate here since the other thread has been closed....

Frankly the head spot at SCCA has become a revolving door. Since Nick Craw left its been in and out. Julow at least fulfilled his contract or intends too. However, I have not been impressed with his job performance. He has been very combative in response to questions from members of my region. I'm not sure who would WANT this job. JD mentioned Skirmants in the other post and he would be good, but does he really want to take on all that? I sure wouldn't. We have many issues that need straightening out in Topeka and we need a leader that can LEAD. Unfortunately the current BoD seems like at times they don't want to follow. Just my opinion.

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I have been to events that Mr. Julow had to speak at. I believe he may have wanted more of a business environment and often "complained" or commented about "clubbies". I think out BoD might actually be too involved sometimes.

Best wishes to Jim as he moves on to other things. Hopefully not in Topeka as that is a godforsaken place. Whoever moved the SCCA there should be shot!

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Erik is a great guy and would be great for that position, and it's entirely for that reason that I hope he doesn't do it. I'm afraid what that position will do to him, and his view of the club.

But here's hoping he's already well aware of what a bureaucratic turd it is and that he'll apply for it anyway!

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Hopefully, Erik won't want to swim in the pool with the dysfunctional BOD...and the SRF guys don't want to lose him from Enterprises, since they're in the black and SRF stake-holders are happy (or as happy as they're capable of being...)

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Does anyone know who owns/controls the three SCCA corporations?

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quote:
Originally posted by spdmonkey:
... We have many issues that need straightening out in Topeka and we need a leader that can LEAD. Unfortunately the current BoD seems like at times they don't want to follow. Just my opinion.

db

It's not the job of the SCCA president to lead. The Board of Directors leads, sets policy and defines the job that they want the president to do, essentially execute the policies the BoD sets in place. We elect the BoD to set policy on our behalf and define a strategy that takes the club where we want it to go. Not to where the president wants it to go. Unfortunately, too often the BoD wants to set policy and execute that policy.

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Muda,

I am not sure I understand your question... We the members own and control the SCCA and its three corporations. We own them outright as a club, and we control them through the "hiring" election processes of our BoD. Eric has done an awesome job at Enterprises. If we were lucky enough to have him or someone like him in that position we would be in very good shape. pgipson is correct too. We the members tell our BoD to set policy.
As the old saying goes, if you do not contact your representatives, then you do not have a say! Tell the BoD what you want. It is the same process at the region level. As an RE, if my region's BoD is not communicated to by the membership, then they can not give me direction.
In other words, GET INVOLVED...

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by spdmonkey:
... We have many issues that need straightening out in Topeka and we need a leader that can LEAD. Unfortunately the current BoD seems like at times they don't want to follow. Just my opinion.

db

It's not the job of the SCCA president to lead. The Board of Directors leads, sets policy and defines the job that they want the president to do, essentially execute the policies the BoD sets in place. We elect the BoD to set policy on our behalf and define a strategy that takes the club where we want it to go. Not to where the president wants it to go. Unfortunately, too often the BoD wants to set policy and execute that policy.
I disagree - at lweast in part. A committee can't lead anything. A person chosen by the committee can.

But if the Club's President can't take initiative within the charter given him by the BoD, then no one can do the job effectively. Frankly, this sounds to me like an ego related issue. That is the BoD is concerned over their power and Julow is concerned with having corporate CEO type authority.

Anyone whose ever run a volunteer organization (little league, PTA etc) can attest to the fact that it's like herding cats. Therefore a typical business executive (who's used to absolute authority) may be challenged and frustrated by the job. My guess is that Julow was.
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They want it to run like a business and still be a club....... that doesn't go together. JC himself could come back and take the job and he would want to quit pretty quickly. If you had a business, lets just say it was a grocery store.... would you want to have all your customers giving you advice all the time writing you letters and telling you milk is too high and your steaks suck? That is SCCA. I work for a member owned business and have for nearly 30 years, I understand what his problems are... at least on a big scale. As one of my very successful peers in my industry once said when asked how a person could last so long in our type of position, "Son you kiss ass long enough so that you get to like the taste of it!" Crude but accurate. Maybe Julow never acquired the right taste. It takes a very special person to handle that job... almost no ego, but a good business sense, and most of all PATIENCE when dealing with 60,000 people that want it done their way.

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[soapbox] I have a lot I could say about this and the current state of the SCCA. But, I will keep it short.

I'm glad to see Julow go; he was not the right man for the job. I have a problem with a guy that will not look you in the eye when you're talking to him as a member/sponsor/vendor. Instead he looks at everything around you and acts like you are wasting his time. At first, I thought that he just didn't like me, then I find out he did it to many other people as well.

At the last three Runoffs every time I saw him he was driving around or sitting with one member from his office. Never, did I see him interacting with the members/competitors that were at the Runoffs. I would see him about four or five times a day for a 10 day period at three different Runoffs. I saw the same thing every time.

Other people are running the show, so he should be out talking to his members and getting some feedback/suggestions. If I were him I would be saying good luck to everybody on the false grid and congratulating everyone on the podium.

The SCCA is in some serious trouble and only a few members of their board realize this (that I have talked to). If it wasn't for spec miata, the SCCA would have no youth. NASA has most of the young people involved in racing as of right now.

Not that there is anything wrong with old people, but you have to look 10-15 years down the road. What will the SCCA look like then, and how many members will still be racing?

I have a love hate relationship with the SCCA. I have been a member since I was seven years old. I love so many things about the SCCA, and I hate many other things I see with them.

The BoD needs to give up some of its power and let the person they have elected President have more authority. If they don't like what the President is doing, then fire him. But, don't give him limited control with very few options. A salary of $200k plus a year is a lot of money for a puppet. [duck]

There is a lot of good about the SCCA, but they need to stop some of the political garbage they have way too often.

Erik Skirmats would be the absolute best person for the job that I can think of. He has done an awesome job with Enterprises, and that is because he was able to convince the board to let him take off and run with it. He truly cares about the SCCA and its members, and he is a racer.

I'm done for now, sorry for the long post. Just my [twocents]

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A couple of quick points...

SCCA doesn't have 60,000 members any more. I believe the last fastrack showed us at around 49,000.

Danny, I agree with you. Changing the position from CEO to COO has to be one of the worse things I've seen in a very long time. How does this help the Board attract someone with the "think-outside-the-box" imagination and skill sets we need to compete against the growing list of competitors who are taking our members?

Coupled with the location of the club offices, I can't imagine who would take this "new" job. I predict they will be forced to promote from within...

SCCA's competitors have to be loving this announcement!

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Danny you are so right, but the problem is we (I am throwing myself under the bus too) can't give up that "clubbie right" to stick our noses in everything. If we could the whole organization could prosper. I will give you an example:
I was a BOD member of our PGA Section (Northern Texas) back in the mid 90s. We were basically broke. I and some others forced the "old guard" to get rid of their "puppet" who was the Exec. Dir. We did an extensive search and interview process and hired the right guy. We were confident he was "The Guy" so we gave him the backing to change and improve things. By the early to mid part of this decade he (and I mean HE and the very good staff he hired) made our section the top financially stable section out of 41 sections in the country. The membership has the best programs and gets more out of the association then any other place in the country.
A BOD can't manage an anvil! This SCCA hire needs to be one that they have complete confidence in and that person needs the knowledge & power to change some of the SCCA culture. Basically he has to drag the SCCA screaming and crying into the new century. If Eric is that guy God Bless Him. But whoever it is.... constant BOD advice (interference) will ruin things.
Or we can stumble on along the present path.

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Good post Danny.

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quote:
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This SCCA hire needs to be one that they have complete confidence in and that person needs the knowledge & power to change some of the SCCA culture. Basically he has to drag the SCCA screaming and crying into the new century. If Eric is that guy God Bless Him. But whoever it is.... constant BOD advice (interference) will ruin things.
Or we can stumble on along the present path.

[thumbsup] Well said Mac!

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Time for a little cheerleading. I'm proud to be a member of a club who's roster reads like a who's who of American motorsports, the SCCA. I've raced with the SCCA for 7 years and NASA for 6 years, and I came to the conclusion about halfway through this season that even with all the bureaucracy I simply like racing in the SCCA better. I plan to run an extremely limited number of NASA events next year, if any. NASA has been good from the standpoint of providing competition, which has prompted the SCCA, at least in my region, to try some new things.

For all their issues, IMO the SCCA is still the best game in town.

Skirmants for president!

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What Denny said. [yep]
I couldn't have put it better and agree fully with his sentiments (to include the dramatically limited NASA schedule in 2009). [Smash]
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Something needs to be said regarding "tied hands" and how that affects any human. I'm a people person but when in a rut I might not be at my best outwardly either.

Good points as are Mac's. It will never be a business 100% so my vote is to make sure as many good folks are in as many positions as possible.

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Time for a little cheerleading. I'm proud to be a member of a club who's roster reads like a who's who of American motorsports, the SCCA. I've raced with the SCCA for 7 years and NASA for 6 years, and I came to the conclusion about halfway through this season that even with all the bureaucracy I simply like racing in the SCCA better. I plan to run an extremely limited number of NASA events next year, if any. NASA has been good from the standpoint of providing competition, which has prompted the SCCA, at least in my region, to try some new things.

For all their issues, IMO the SCCA is still the best game in town.

Skirmants for president!

-Denny

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I don't even know why the BoD has a hand in rule changes any more. They basically rubber stamp 99% of everything the committees send and then meddle the other 1% of the time and screw things up when they do. The BoD should let the committees do their things with the rules 100% of the time and they should hire a president to actually run things. For all Julow's faults, I do commend him for two things...not being willing to continue being a puppet, and for fulfilling a contract that I'd bet he hasn't been happy in for quite some time.

One thing I know...it doesn't help to just chat about this stuff in a random forum somewhere. If you want to see the BoD intervene less, TELL THEM. SEND THEM EMAIL OR CALL THEM. They may want to do less, too, but not want to rock the proverbial boat. But if they disagree with you, well, then you know that come election time, too!

We need to find an election process for the BoD that gets candidates out there in front of members somehow. I think most people vote for someone they already know or throw the ballot in the trash because they don't know any of the candidates, which means it's a popularity contest of sorts. *sigh*


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quote:
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... A salary of $200k plus a year is a lot of money for a puppet.

Agreed. But if they bump it up to say $210k I'd be willing to be anyones puppet! [yep] Also, I sincerely promise to shake hands with any memeber, kiss babies, etc. Whatever it takes!

Where do I send my resume? [Razz]

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Jim / moderators,

A very sincere thanks! But the time has come to to let this thread drop off the top.

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