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Candidates for the 2016 Board of Directors Election

December 1, 2015

Each Candidate for the Board of Directors was given the following list of questions:

1. Please describe the skills you posses (which you believe are stronger than the other candidates) which would make you as asset as a board member, in dealing with the challenges facing KCBS, and give an example of how those skills would serve the KCBS Board of Directors and its membership.

2. If you are a Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, please identify the major KCBS issues concerning one of the areas in which you are involved. Describe the major issue, your strategies to correct or improve the issue, and what you see as the biggest challenge to the success of your plan.

3. Identify your major short term goal and the major long term goal, if elected to the Board of KCBS and your plan to implement change or improvement in order to carry out each of these goals.

4. If elected please explain, “your level of commitment, time and energy” for committee projects and monthly reports, board meetings and attendance, as well as representing KCBS to the public and being responsive to our members.

5. Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

6. Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors.
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BILL ARNOLD

QUESTION 1

With a degree in engineering and designing/building barbeque equipment, creating barbecue recipes on a commercial level as well as being involved with several barbeque society's, I feel that I have shown my talents as an extraordinary leader.

QUESTION 2

I have been a barbeque chef in several of the top barbeque society’s, I am a certified barbeque judge, I have also organized contest and am one of the leading influences on the perfection in barbeque with my products. Some of the major issues that I see could be corrected are the scoring implementation and the connection between the judges and the contestants.

QUESTION 3

As far as major short term goals would be to commit efforts in the relationships to close the gap between the board of KCBS, the judges, and the competitors.

QUESTION 4

I can offer my door, as it is now, to be open to any KCBS judges, organizers or members in an effort to make sure that we are all on the same page.

QUESTION 5

I first became a member of many barbeque societies in the preceding and preceding my involvement with the KCBS, dating back to about 1973, I have been active in all aspects of KCBS activities for over 25 years.

QUESTION 6

I would like to be a member of the KCBS Board, so I can change how things are, as in greater communication between the judges, staff and contestants, to make everything more a suitable and comfortable zone. If I was a member I would make sure everyone would be up to date on dates and events. I would make it grow including barbeque team and the kids que.

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ARLIE BRAGG

QUESTION 1

Since 1998 I have been involved in more than 200 contest. I have organized 120+ BBQ contests. I know and see the concerns of the cook and judges. KCBS will be challenged in the future to keep up and continue to grow. I feel it is time to have two different divisions. I know this will take many discussions with the BOD and members to get it right, not just a few teams! KCBS has to stay on top of this growing sport! We need to look toward the future.

QUESTION 2

There are several issues at hand but I would like to see the judging process more transparent. I would like to see the new office through. As a BOD member it is the cooks, judges and members concerns that are important, not necessarily the BOD members. I will take your concerns to the BOD. It would also be nice to be able to offer a product that doesn’t lose so many members each month even though we continue to grow. The members need to be listened to and the BOD act on their concerns.

QUESTION 3

Short term I would like to make sure all judges, teams and member concerns are heard. We have 20,000 members and although it is hard to act upon all the concerns, our members have great ideas. Long term we need to see that the office has the proper staff as the move into a new office.

QUESTION 4

I will do my best to attend all meetings and represent the members concerns at any given time. It isn’t hard with running so many contests that my phone number and email are readily available.

QUESTION 5

I have been involved in KCBS since 1995. From competing in contest to organizing over 120+ contest. From serving on the BOD in the past and consulting other contests. I am a food competition organizer, a CBJ and look forward to continuing to learn each and every day.

QUESTION 6

It’s really simple, KCBS has been a family to me and many of you. With Food and Family we all have fun! I would also like to guide KCBS along with the rest of the BOD into the future. It is time to give back again!

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GENE GOYCOCHEA

QUESTION 1

I have been involved in KCBS contests since 1996, I became a KCBS certified judge and a KCBS representative by the year 1999, I at the same time was promoting contests in Southern California as a contest organizer, I then became a KCBS CBJ instructor and Master Judge by the year 2000.

QUESTION 2

I would like to work to help repair the judging/ scoring system, I would like to see more interaction between judges and teams to develop a better understanding of the responsibilities and needs that each has during a contest. I would like to possibly have teams judge the judges entries on a Friday night get together all in fun and all in the open so that they might understand the other groups, struggles. I feel the biggest challenge is in maintaining a judging system where all of the descriptions are used and not just 8’s and 9’s.

QUESTION 3

Short term goals: Work with others on the board and listen to teams and judges to come up with a system to help bring everyone closer and to try to develop a scoring system that is both fair, understood by all and that is easy to implement with minor training to get all judges old and new to use, understand and respect.

Long term goals: Work with others on the board to continue growing the sport and better all programs and training for the future.

QUESTION 4

BBQ is my passion, my level of commitment is unlimited, I will work to help grow and improve our organization and systems, it is my goal to make the contests as transparent as possible and to make our system better for the teams and judges, I would like to see more interaction between judges and teams to solidify their relationships on Fridays before the contests, while keeping the integrity and anonymity prior to turn ins on Saturday. When on the board previously, I only missed 1 board meeting, I was in the hospital and had no choice, if elected, I will not miss meetings and just as with my previous term on the board will not have a no report from my committee ever. I am a huge supporter of KCBS every day, I encourage all interested in BBQ to join and be involved.

QUESTION 5

As stated above, I have been involved in all facets of BBQ, I have competed, judged, table captained, repped and instructed CBJ classes, in addition, I have served a term on the board of directors in charge of membership (created the lifetime membership) and was co-chair of the CBJ instruction committee.

QUESTION 6

I am passionate about BBQ, I feel that I have much to offer, I have the desire to assist in growing and improving our organization. I am a great listener and will take the information forwarded to me through the membership to the board and work with other members to do what is best for the members and the organization as a whole.

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WAYNE LOHMAN

QUESTION 1

My experience as a small business owner and sales manager for a fortune 500 company has enabled me to work through many different types of issues that the KCBS Board encounters with our growing membership and sanctioned contests. My service on seven Boards, including 3 terms as a KCBS Board member, during my business career, taught me to realize how important it is to be able to communicate and face the challenges along with other Board Members to accomplish desired goals.

QUESTION 2

One issue is the problem of some contest organizers not communicating with judges on a timely basis. As a KCBS Contest Rep, I have had judges complain that they spend time and money coming to a contest only to have no judging position when they arrive. I believe an organizer, or assigned person, should be required to communicate with judges in a timely manner when they apply, again with confirmations and updates and one week prior to the contest. Guidelines for this procedure should be included in the organizer’s packet. The Rep Manual should include All KCBS Contest Rules and be organized as clearly and concisely as possible to insure, enable, and further the consistency of the application of rules.

QUESTION 3

My long term goal involves the proper management of KCBS membership and contest growth. I want to be involved in the preparation of a five year strategic plan that serves a worldwide membership base of 25,000 members and 600 sanctioned contests by 2018. In 2015, KCBS had 36 International Contests with a membership base close to 1000 CBJ’s. My short term goal includes the implementation of the issues (listed in Question # 2) and continued development of International Sanctioned Contests and membership growth.

QUESTION 4

During my tenure on the Board, I chaired both the Finance Committee as Treasurer and the Sanctioning and Mentoring Committee. I also served as Vice-President for 2 separate terms. The Sanctioning Committee requires 12-14 hours monthly to monitor over 300+ contests each year. Scheduling new contests often creates problems with existing contests, before presenting to the Board. This past year, I was excused from 3 Board meetings to teach and rep new International Contests overseas on 10 separate trips at my own expense. I think the results speak for themselves as I expect KCBS will have 48-50 International Contests in 2016 with an International Membership base of 1800. This extensive travel has allowed me to promote KCBS on numerous TV, radio and media interviews. If elected, I will commit to the same high level of time and energy for committee and Board projects. I will continue to be responsive to all KCBS members and other interested parties who wish to have a voice on the Board. As a Board member, I will represent KCBS to the best of my ability in a positive and professional manner.

QUESTION 5

2000 – Joined KCBS, CBJ #2281
2002 – Master Judge Certification
2004 – Elected to KCBS Board of Directors, served as Vice-President and Treasurer during my 9 year tenure. I became an International Team Ambassador at Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Contest, giving me a unique advantage to achieve my long-term goals of KCBS International development.
2005 – KCBS Contest Rep Certification
2011 – International KCBS CBJ Instructor Certification
2014 – Director, KCBS International Board of Managers

QUESTION 6

I want to be part of an active and progressive Board that responds to member’s needs and extends a helping hand to others who request assistance. Our opportunities are unlimited and can be led in the right direction to achieve and maintain our short and long-term goals.

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RON MILHOUS

QUESTION 1

Have managed and owned many businesses. Have great decision making skills. Have excellent insight on ideas to help make new programs work and existing programs better.

QUESTION 2

This one is a little tough as I am a rep, cook, judge and organizer. I am going to approach this on the judge side as I see a need for more consistent judging. I think one of the ways of fixing this would be to require refresher courses on judging. Some of these judge’s took the class years and years ago and I think they could possibly use refreshing. The biggest challenge would be getting them back in the classroom and how we would charge for this.

QUESTION 3

Short term goal would be to get judges, cooks, and organizers on the same page. I would like to see earlier meetings in the contest so that everybody could get together and have respect for each other. As a rep we are able to see all sides of this. Long term goal, I would like to see some of these smaller contests that are struggling survive. By developing a contact area to let cooks and judges know that a contest needs more participation.

QUESTION 4

My level of commitment would be high. I have a job that I can come and go, so I would have plenty of time for projects. I have been the President of the IOWA BARBEQUE SOCIETY for 2 years and have never missed a monthly meeting. I expect my level of commitment to be as strong. Being a KCBS CONTEST REP and a cook and an organizer I am use to being in front of the members in a positive setting. I am also not running for reelection in Iowa to devote more time to KCBS. I have fulfilled my term with Iowa.

QUESTION 5

I have been a member of KCBS for over 10 years, starting out as a cook, then a judge, then a rep, and then as an organizer. I have a very well rounded KCBS experience. Cook-11 year, judge-10 years, rep-6 years and organizer-2 years.

QUESTION 6

I would like to help an already great organization become even greater.

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JOE OTTO

QUESTION 1

Experience is what I have to offer, I’m constantly looking for ways to improve operations and have the skills and drive to make things happen and get things done. I have over 30 years of experience in construction, construction management, and property management. With KCBS preparing to purchase and move to a new location; I am available to review blueprints, drawings, plans, proposals, and contracts to support this endeavor. I’ve recently performed searches through all previous minutes to KCBS board meetings involving CBJ, CTC, MCBJ to gain a better understanding of changes to these programs and the reasons for change. The research showed me that there has been, and still is, a lot of discussion about the consistency of judging. I intend to work tirelessly on that issue and work with my fellow board members and committees to improve the judging process.

My qualifications to take on these and other tasks include:

• US Army Veteran

• Past School Board Member and Treasurer

• Past Board Member of Community Swimming Pool

(7 years)

• Past BSA Leader and Committee Chairman (20 years)

• FBI Citizens Academy Association Lifetime Member

• SkillsUSA National Championship Judge (11 years)

• Adjunct Instructor - JCCC and MCCKC

• Master of Arts in Management

QUESTION 2

I’m a Master Certified Barbecue Judge and Certified Table Captain but I don’t limit myself to thinking only about judging. As a KCBS Lifetime Member, I will do everything I can to bring all of us: Cook, Judge, Rep or Backyard Cook, closer together and erase any barriers that currently exist. We can improve the quality and consistency of KCBS judging by examining and improving the judging process from the moment a cook turns in his/her box to the turn-in table until the completion of judging. Judges should receive timely feedback on their judging performance. Judges are dedicated to doing a good and fair job but there currently is no feedback to tell the judge how well he or she is doing. Feedback to judges has been a Board topic and on-line discussion topic for quite some time now. The challenge is to review what information is available, to glean this information for value, and to determine a timely manner and method to provide this information to each judge. The next step is to review the process: 1.What did we do? 2. What are the results? 3. How can we do it better? Enhanced CBJ/CTC training has been a common theme among past candidates; I will team with other board and committee members to put improved training initiatives into action. The first thing I will do is to research what other board /committee members have done along the lines of improving our training and judging processes. I will then work with these individuals to achieve positive results. We need to develop an open forum for judges and table captains to share best practices with each other easily accessed from our KCBS website. Any organization can get set in its ways and KCBS is no exception; “we have always done it this way” will never produce a different outcome. I will apply my talents and experience to help my fellow board members and committee members move beyond the discussion phase and get the job done for all members. I couple my vast experience and organizational skills with commitment, dedication, accountability, and devotion to the cause. I will bring my enthusiasm to the board and will work to make our organization even better. I will keep lines of communications open in my total support for the advancement of KCBS.

QUESTION 3

Major short term goal:

• I want to “build in” a review process for changes to the way we do business as I explained in #2. In my experience, this was referred to as an After Action Plan. It was used as a tool in continuous improvement to determine if something was missed or if the new process is satisfactory.

Major long term goal:

• Perform a review of all former KCBS contests: As we continue to grow, we must have a good understanding of why many of our contests no longer exist. I want to develop a check list to chart and trend the underlining reasons and create a “lessons learned” to share with current and future contest organizers.

QUESTION 4

My response to question 5 below clearly demonstrates that I have a strong level of commitment and am willing to devote time and energy to get things done. I am committed to KCBS and have been since I became a member. I will respond promptly to emails and phone calls to make myself available to all members. I plan to continue my active KCBS judging schedule and helping with CTC classes as my schedule allows. I look forward to seeing you on the barbecue trail and listen to your ideas on how to improve KCBS.

QUESTION 5

• Joined KCBS - August 2007
• CBJ – August 2007
• 1st contest – September 2007
• CTC – November 2008
• MCBJ – October 2009
• Volunteer at 2013 KCBS Banquet registration
• 100th contest – October 2013
• Assisted at 15 CBJ classes with 3 different instructors
• I frequently visit with cook teams the night before judging to wish them well.
• KCBS - Lifetime Member
• KCBS - Strategic Planning Committee

QUESTION 6

I have made many friends through KCBS; Cooks, Judges, and Contest Reps. I have a lot of fun in and with my barbecue community; I want to make a difference and give back to our organization. My decisions will be based on the big picture and not just on temporary enthusiasms. I learn from my mistakes and successes and keep moving forward to accomplish my goals. I’ll keep the lines of communication open so that I can do the best job I can for KCBS. My goal is not to change KCBS. I am dedicated to this organization. My goal is to change the status quo that seems to have existed for years and enhance our training and improve communications between all members of this ever-growing organization. Decisions should be based on the big picture. You should hold your board accountable for watching out for all membership, not just special interest groups. I will oppose any initiatives that will fractionalize our great organization. We need to produce results to keep KCBS moving in a positive growth pattern.

The following is recited at the opening of every KCBS board meeting:

• KCBS MISSION: Recognizing barbecue as America’s Cuisine, the Mission of the Kansas City Barbecue Society is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form

• BOARD PLEDGE: I accept my duties as a KCBS director to further the KCBS Mission so that truth, justice, excellence in barbecue and the American way of life may be strengthened and preserved forever.

• Joe Otto acknowledges and accepts the KCBS Mission and Board Pledge!

Vote for Joe Otto!

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MIKE PETERS

QUESTION 1

My background is in Sales, Sales Management and Banking. For the past 8 years I have traveled the United States with the KCBS Great American BBQ/Cookout Tour which has given me the opportunity to interact with Cooks, Judges, Organizers, Members and KCBS Sponsors. I am finishing my first three term on the KCBS board and first year of serving as your KCBS President. I believe that I have been decisive on decisions made and have allowed enough leeway with fellow board members to explain their positions while bringing matters to a head for closure.

QUESTION 2

I am CBJ #24847 and became a CTC in 2013 but mainly consider myself a Cook team with my wife on team Here Piggy Piggy BBQ. I believe that the major issue that the Cook teams face is consistency in judging. There have been at least three variations in judging since KCBS was founded and while yes, every judge has their own individual tastes and opinions, it seems that there is inconsistency in interpretation of the judging standards that are being taught. I do not expect that there will be a plan in place immediately as I have argued this point this whole last year. I would like to see mandatory continuing education of CBJ’s in addition to testing at the CBJ class. There are some things that have to be put in place technology wise to track progress and in October, most of the CBJ instructors were brought in to Kansas City to insure that they are teaching a consistent message to the new CBJ’s.

QUESTION 3

My short term goal if re-elected to the Board would be to run again to represent membership and KCBS as President. This past year has been very insightful and has taught me a lot. I believe that I have a good grip on the role and have been successful in not allowing items to roll from month to month but I feel like I have more to accomplish. My long term goal would be to keep KCBS as the premier sanctioning body for competitive BBQ. KCBS will soon have a new “home” and our founder Carolyn Wells might someday want to step away from the day to day duties as Executive Director. Both of these issues will require solid leadership to help navigate and delegate their separate challenges.

QUESTION 4

The easy answer is “whatever time is needed” and I think that I have shown that commitment over the past three years. This past year, as president, I sit in on every committee and have missed very few committee meetings and have presided over all the regularly scheduled monthly board meetings. Concerning representing KCBS to the public, earlier this past year I traveled to NYC on behalf of KCBS to assist in promoting our KCBS partner McCormick. While they are a sponsor for the Great American Cookout Tour, this trip was made and represented on behalf of KCBS.

QUESTION 5

I started cooking KCBS contests in 2003 after competing in a MIM backyard event in 2002 at our home contest in Springfield, MO. Our Here Piggy Piggy BBQ team competes 10-12 times a year and won our first and only GC in California in 2011 and were lucky enough to get the “lucky draw” for the Jack Daniels Invitational 8 days later. I attended a CBJ class taught by Ed Roith in 2008 and judged my first contest in 2010 and my second contest earlier this year. I took my CTC class in 2013 and shadowed a contest representative earlier this year in Hammond, LA. For the past 8 years, my wife and I have been managing the Great American BBQ/Cookout Tour for KCBS at 20-25 events each year with millions of impressions. I was fortunate enough to be elected to the KCBS Board in 2013 and have served on various committees and was elected last year to serve as President.

QUESTION 6

I have been blessed by many friendships and opportunities through BBQ and believe in giving back. Serving on the board for all the membership is my way of giving back. This past three year term has been a great learning experience but my job is not yet done. I believe my years promoting for KCBS gives me a great perspective and insight and I ask for your vote this upcoming election.

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EDDIE SMITH

QUESTION 1

Following my four years of service in the U.S. Navy, I started what has now been a rewarding 17-year career as a Deputy City Manager and City Manager in North Carolina, currently in Kannapolis – where for the past three years I have organized the Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Challenge and Festival. This rewarding service requires a skillset in personnel management, policy development, budget preparation, logistical planning, statistical analysis, conflict resolution, public speaking, and communication. All of the aforementioned skills seem appropriate for improving communications among Board Members, Cook Teams, Judges, and Organizers, while also evaluating the effectiveness of KCBS support and programs for all of its members.

QUESTION 2

As a cook, judge, and organizer, there are several challenges that could use some attention: First, a common theme always seems to be inconsistent judging scores. Too many times I’ve witnessed new and experienced judges unknowingly admit to flawed scoring based on garnish, absence of burnt ends, etc., that could be mitigated with continuing education via online webinars or recurring training videos on YouTube or the KCBS website. I think judges should also be strongly encouraged to cook with a team within their first 10 events, providing a better understanding of the financial and time commitment teams invest for each event; however, teams also need to be more receptive to hosting judges’ onsite for training purposes (maybe KCBS could underwrite entry fees for participating teams). Second, many new organizers don’t understand the commitment necessary to host a quality event and underestimate the value of establishing spacious sites, efficient team and judge check-in, adequate and reliable power, and easily accessible water. While organizers are required to shadow at least one event prior to being sanctioned, I suggest requiring new organizers shadow at least two events providing greater exposure to best practices. Third, I’ve witnessed inconsistency among Reps based on how they handle judge check-in, table assignments, and turn-in box distribution. I understand allowing Reps some flexibility but creating standards would help provide some consistency for judges and teams from one event to another.

QUESTION 3

A short-term goal would be to create videos or webinars on YouTube or the KCBS website to provide convenient and on command continuing education for judges. Long-term goals would be: One, to create a mentoring program and logistical guidance for new organizers to help ensure a favorable experience for teams and judges; Two, I would like to create a scoring insurance program for event organizers to purchase a policy that monetary rewards a team that earns a 700+ score (similar to a “Hole in One” award at golf tournaments); and Three, if interest exist, I would also consider creating a shadowing opportunity for cook teams to learn the time and resources necessary to coordinate a successful event.

QUESTION 4

My first question when I learned of my nomination for the Board of Directors was, “what are the requirements of the position?” I have served on the Board of Directors for various organizations such as Rotary, YMCA, Crime Stoppers, a Regional Hospital, and Chamber of Commerce, all of which I took very seriously. I would never accept a nomination for any organization if I wasn’t prepared to make the fullest commitment necessary to represent my fellow cooks, judges, and organizers.

 

QUESTION 5

I have been a member of KCBS since 2010. During that time, I have competed in over 50 events (winning one Grand Championship), judged 20 events, and organized the Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Challenge in Kannapolis, NC the past three years with team entries of 54, 81, and 78, respectively. I am also a founding member of the Old North State BBQ Series, an intra-state competition in North Carolina consisting of KCBS events in Kings Mountain, Lexington, Kannapolis, Salisbury, and Shelby.

QUESTION 6

It is an honor to be a nominee among so many wonderful cooks, judges, reps, and organizers. I love everything about KCBS: the fellowship, competition, camaraderie, friendships, travel, and food. I think my experience as a cook, judge, and organizer provides a perspective to identify and evaluate any challenges and solutions from different angles. More importantly, my wife, who is also a CBJ, says I would be a great addition to the Board while learning new ideas and sharing my experiences…a wise man agrees with his wife.

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