David McAllister1 - Why do you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors?
I want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors because I feel a void related to technology needs attention. When I first came on, I had no idea how many manual processes were part of the day-to-day operations of the staff. Automating those processes has been the focus of the last few years. The first step was the back office application with the payment review module.
2 – Identify the major areas ( Cook, Judge, Organizer, Rep or Backyard Cook) in which you are involved. I am a member of the 913 BBQ competition bbq team and am a CBJ. As a member of the 913 BBQ team, I cook around ten competitions a year. We started cooking competition bbq in 2014 and have been members of KCBS for the last eight years. Once time permits, I will submit to begin training as a rep if approved.
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. Short-term goals:
We are completing the KCBS Hall of Fame program while working with our data partner.
We are completing the Back Office and public-facing implementation of the sanctioning application and organizer tools.
We are completing the api implementation for the membership consumption of contest result data.
We are working on setting up data/api to allow for future use by the score app.
We are working on setting up data/api to allow for detailed reporting for office personnel (perfect-perfect 180 lookups etc.)
The line between long-term and short-term is blurry for these items as they are resource-intensive items with limited resources.
4 – The KCBS Board of Directors is a working board that spends 10-20 hours and possibly more per month in furthering the mission of KCBS depending on your role as a member of the board. If elected, please explain “Your level of Commitment, Time and Energy” in your role as a director. I am a current board member and work with the office weekly. I will continue to spend my time helping with support emails and handling IT support issues at the office that are within my capabilities to help reduce the cost to the organization.
5 – List how you have participated in KCBS and for how long? I have been a member of KCBS for the last eight years and am a current lifetime member. I am a current board member who has worked closely with the office to help identify manual processes that we can automate. While we are primarily a competition team, I have spent time inside the tent monitoring the activities behind the “scenes” while trying to find the time for training to act as a back up rep or organizer potentially.
6 – What skills do you possess that might help the KCBS Board of Directors in its mission, ie, Accounting, Legal, Marketing, etc.? How do you see using these skills as a KCBS Board of Director member?Being a software developer for the last 21 years, I have experienced both the good and bad related to technology projects and can bring those experiences to the table. I feel that other board members should utilize my knowledge and skill set regarding decisions around technology topics and projects.