The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) is governed by a Leadership Council elected by its membership. As this year's elections commissioner, I am calling for nominations to fill the officer and Leadership Council slots that will become vacant at our Transition Meeting in October. The election results will be announced at our Annual Business Meeting held on August 19, 2017 in conjunction with the ACOPA Actuarial Symposium. The nomination period begins today, and will end 30 days in advance of the annual meeting, which would be July 20, 2017. Voting on the slate of nominees will be done electronically, starting no later than July 31, 2017.
Positions to be filled include:
Executive Vice President Lauren Okum
Vice President Kim Corona
Secretary Eric Brandon
Budget Officer Clint Blankenship
Leadership Council Members (3) Justin Bonestroo
About the Election Process
An “Election Commissioner” shall be appointed by the President no later than ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the Annual Business Meeting. The Election Commissioner shall solicit Leadership Council Nominations from the Membership electronically no later than sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the Annual Business Meeting. Upon receiving any Leadership Council Nomination, the Election Commissioner shall immediately notify the Nominated Candidate. All such Nominated Candidates seeking election to the Leadership Council must submit an electronic Nomination Acceptance and a statement by another Member seconding the Nomination no later than thirty (30) days before the Annual Business Meeting, at which time the Nominations Process is closed. Upon the closing of the Nominations Process, the Election Commissioner shall notify all Members electronically of the identity of the Nominees and shall arrange for the election of the Leadership Council Members as described herein.
In the event that any Nominated Candidate has not submitted a Nomination Acceptance by the close of the Nominations Process, or if there are an insufficient number of candidates for the open positions, the Election Commissioner shall so notify the Leadership Council, which shall have seven (7) days in which to choose and obtain the Nomination Acceptance of an Alternate Nominee or Nominees. In choosing any Alternate Nominee, the Leadership Council is authorized to select and obtain a Nomination Second and Nomination Acceptance from any Member in Good Standing.
The Election Commissioner shall be ineligible to run as a Leadership Council Member. Voting for Leadership Council Members shall be conducted electronically by the Election Commissioner. The Voting Process will commence no later than twenty-one (21) days before the Annual Business Meeting and be completed at least three (3) business days before the Annual Business Meeting. Those Nominees with the highest number of votes shall be elected. The President shall not vote, except in the event of a tie, and will do so at the Annual Business Meeting. The Election Commissioner, or delegate, shall announce the voting results at the Annual Business Meeting. Results shall not be valid unless a quorum of one-tenth (1/10th) of the Members entitled to vote have cast ballots pursuant to this section.