Candidates for Board of Directors & Nominating and Elections Committee
The NAWCC, Inc. is holding its election for three seats on the Board of Directors and one seat on the Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC).
To help you in the voting process, all Board and NEC candidates are presented alphabetically on the following pages of this issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin with a photograph and a biography, which includes the hopeful’s professional and horological experience as well as his or her goals if elected. This information is also available at nawcc.org. The biographies were limited to 500 words or less and are presented with approved edits by the candidates. The order of the candidates on the ballot will be determined by a random draw.
All ballots, whether secure Web-based ones or print, must be received by the auditor by 12:00 midnight EDT on April 1, 2019. Only ballots received by the auditor by that time will be considered. Only original ballots will be accepted; copies are not valid.
The NEC recommends that you consider the following expectations of the directors:
- The Board’s primary functions are to set broad goals and directions, establish policies, and ensure management’s performance. Day-to-day operations of the NAWCC are the responsibility of the Executive Director. Directors are asked to assist fundraising efforts as agreed upon by the Board.
- The Board holds a minimum of two physical meetings a year and has electronic meetings in the intervening months. Directors are expected to participate in all meetings, do the homework to understand the NAWCC’s mission and issues, and contribute to the Board’s work by using their particular skills and resources. Board members also serve on committees, task forces, or both. All should be willing to serve as an officer if elected.
The Board needs a balance of skills and experience to function effectively. Each director should be capable of contributing visible strength and leadership to the Board with respect to some set of the following:
- NAWCC familiarity and service
- Professional skills in education, finance, horology, information technology, law, marketing, museum management, planning, public relations, and publishing
- Business management, particularly in complex organizations
- Board experience, particularly in complex nonprofit entities
- Community and public leadership and contacts with such leaders
- Large-scale fundraising
- In addition, each director should be good at listening, analyzing, learning, and working constructively with others individually and in groups. They should be computer literate and have access to the Internet to participate in NAWCC Board work.
At A Glance
NAWCC Board of Directors
Term length: Four years
- Robert B. Burton (KY)
- James (Jay) Dutton (FL)
- Donna Kalinkiewicz (AL)
- Richard Newman (IL)
- James (Jim) C. Price (KS)
NAWCC Nominating and Elections Committee
Term length: Four years
- Jerry Thornsberry (MO)
- Carroll W. Wolfe (AR)
Three additional seats will be filled by direct appointment after the election.
2019 NAWCC Election Process
From January through March 2019, members will be electing three members to the NAWCC Board of Directors and one member to the Nominating and Elections Committee.
As we have done in both the 2015 and 2017 elections, this election will be conducted using the internet. The election will be conducted by Election-America who will be the official agent for the election. Email and mailed ballots will be coded to ensure only one vote per member. If you receive a mailed ballot and were also to vote on line, the ballot that reaches Election-America first will be the only one counted.
The bios of the candidates for the Board of Directors and candidates for the Nominating and Elections Committee will be published in the January/February issue of the Watch and Clock Bulletin and on nawcc.org. The email ballots will have a link to the online bios. We are also providing the candidates with a half-page ad in the January/February Mart & Highlights to promote their candidacy.
How To Vote:
For members with email address on record:
The email ballots with voting instructions will be released at 9:00 A.M. ET, January 10, 2019 to all members who have an email address included in their member record. Email reminders to those who have not voted will be released at various times during the election.
For members with no email:
For members that do not have an email address included in their member record, a paper ballot will be mailed by Election-America on January 10, 2019.
To request a mailed ballot instead of an emailed ballot:
If you have an email address on file but would prefer to receive a mailed ballot, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2018.
If you do not receive a ballot by the end of January 2019, please notify Member Services to receive a ballot.
Email ballots and mailed ballots must be received by Election-America by mid-night, Eastern Time, April 1, 2019 to be counted.
Candidate for NAWCC Board of Directors
Robert B. Burton
I attended Rice University and University of Minnesota and was accepted into the DMD program at University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD) after three years of undergraduate study. After graduating from ULSD in 1974, I went on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1976, first at the Washington DC Navy Yard and then with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.
I was accepted into the periodontics specialty program at University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and graduated in 1978 as a periodontist. I accepted a full-time position at the University of Louisville as an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics. I established a private practice in 1979 and reduced my teaching at ULSD to part time for the next few years. After 35 years in private practice and 40 years in the dental profession, I retired in 2014.
My wife and I have operated an antiques business for 30-plus years, and we were also part owners of a Louisville jewelry business for a number of years.
I have been a member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors since 1983 and belong to Bluegrass Chapter 35 and Cog Counters Chapter 194. In Chapter 35 I was elected Vice President in 2003 and President in 2005. I held this position from 2005 to 2012 and have been Vice President since then. I was the General Chair of the Bluegrass Chapter 35 Regional from 2004 to 2015.
My wife Jody has been an NAWCC member since 1988 and the Treasurer of Chapter 35 since 2004. She was also the Treasurer of the July 2016 National Convention in Louisville, KY.
My main interest in horology is pre-1840 American clocks, but I appreciate mechanical objects, so anything clock- or watch-related is fair game. Growing up as a teenager in the mid-1960s, I was fascinated with English sports cars and have a very nice 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 that I have restored.
My goals for the future of our Association are to stop the steady decline in our membership that we have been experiencing for many years. As a semi-retired baby boomer, I see a large group of people who are either recently retired or contemplating semi or full retirement in the near future. Many of them will be looking for a new hobby or a new career, and we need to develop programs to attract them to our Association. We also need to continue to try to attract younger members as our membership continues to age. One of the biggest challenges to our Association is the viability of many of our Chapters, which are suffering from declining membership and participation.
As we remember the recent 75th anniversary of our Association, I want to help it not only survive but thrive well into the future. I ask for your support in order to do this.
Candidate for NAWCC Board of Directors
James (Jay) Dutton
Saint Augustine, Florida
I am a lifetime member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors. My goals are to increase communications between our Chapters and the National Headquarters, support the implementation of a redesigned website, and further develop a userfriendly presence on social media. I anticipate that these will attract new membership and will address member attrition, which challenges many collector organizations today. I am also committed to the identification and pursuit of new funding sources.
As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I am uniquely qualified to help with the finances of the NAWCC. I have served on the Development Committee in the past year, assisting in successfully raising $7.5 million for the For All Time campaign.
My first career was as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. My clients included the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine River Art Museum, and other for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises.
My next career was as a veterinarian, graduating cum laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. I contributed to my profession by teaching veterinary students as an adjunct faculty member at the college and developing a business curriculum for veterinary students, which is still in use today. In 2003, I co-founded Community Cancer Center of North Florida, the first community-based integrated cancer center using PET/CT technology in the Southeast.
Serving on nonprofit boards is a responsibility I have enjoyed. I have been a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of Peaceful Paths, Inc., one of 42 domestic violence shelters in the state of Florida. I have served as Board President as well as chairing its expansion committee, which created a $4 million new campus. I am also a founding member of the Foundation for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Youth at risk, in particular youth homelessness, inspired me to lead-fund Port in the Storm, a youth respite center in St. John’s County, FL. I am passionate about investing in and completing projects that have a significant local and multigenerational impact.
My interest in timepieces began at age 5. I became the youngest member of the NAWCC in 1972 at the age of 12 (Chapter 25, New Jersey). Since the summer of 2017, I have attended each of the Board of Director telephonic meetings, allowing first-hand understanding of issues facing the Board. I volunteered to spearhead the packing and transport of the Stu Gottdenker clock collection to the Museum in Columbia, PA, and was honored to give the recognition speech for this wonderful donation during the 75th Anniversary Celebration. Recently, I volunteered to chair a sub-committee to analyze and update the strategic plan for the Museum.
In summary, I have had a long and continuous interest in the NAWCC, possess a unique financial and business background, and have experience with numerous not-for-profit organizations in various leadership roles. I ask for your vote.
Candidate for NAWCC Board of Directors
I have loved clocks for as long as I can remember. My first love was Grandfather Clock on Captain Kangaroo. That’s where the fascination began. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH. Shortly after getting married, we moved to Tampa, FL. After years of working for a large company, I realized that it was not where I wanted to be. Completely changing course, I opened a nail salon, which I operated for 10 years until my husband’s job took us to Atlanta, GA. I always wanted to learn how to repair clocks, and because moving my nail salon and customers 500 miles wasn’t feasible, I used the opportunity to follow an old passion.
I joined the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors and Atlanta Chapter 24 in 2000.
In 2001, I started working as an apprentice at Alpharetta Clock in Alpharetta, GA. I have been learning and practicing in the wonderful world of clock repair ever since. After 8 years with Alpharetta Clock, I went to work at the Clock Gallery in Duluth, GA. In 2015, my husband and I relocated to Birmingham, AL, and now I work from my home. Since moving to Birmingham, I also joined Chapter 54.
In 2004, I was asked to fill in as Secretary for Chapter 24, as the current secretary was moving. I served as Secretary from 2004 through 2008, then Treasurer from 2009 through 2012, and President in 2013 and 2014. I was a member of the Ward Francillon Committee to maintain the clocks owned by the State of Georgia, located at the Governor’s Mansion.
I served as Finance Chair and Banquet Co-Chair for the 2011 Mid-South Regional. I also served as the Pre-Registration Chair for both the 2017 and 2018 Mid-South Regionals.
In 2015, I was the Finance Chair for the National Convention, hosted by Chapter 24. I am also a member of the National Convention Committee.
At the 2017 Mid-South Regional, I was honored to receive the Fellow Award.
I have attended three field suitcase workshops: F200 Fundamental Skills for Lathe and Clock Repair Part 1, F301 Introduction to Basic Pocket Watch Repair, and F502 Atmos Repair.
My husband and I have been long-time members of the Mercedes Benz Club of America (MBCA) and have dual membership with the Alabama and Peachtree Sections. The Alabama section hosted StarFest 2018, which is a national event for MBCA. I served as Registration Chair for this event.
I have been married to my best friend, my husband, David, for 37 years.
My goal, if elected to the Board of Directors, is to serve the NAWCC and its members to the best of my ability.
Candidate for NAWCC Board of Directors
I joined the Board of Directors four years ago and served as Treasurer for two years and Board Chair for the last two years. We’ve done many good things in the last few years including improving our financial reserves and balancing budgets, focusing on member services and events, raising our reputation to wrist watch collectors, and removing needless bureaucracy and rules. Perhaps one of our best decisions was hiring our new Executive Director, Tom Wilcox. I hope you agree that the NAWCC is heading in the right direction.
I joined the NAWCC 25 years ago encouraged by my father, Walter. Now I am the father passing on the legacy of the NAWCC to my college-age children.
Many of you know me through my lectures and Watch & Clock Bulletin articles, as a volunteer at many NAWCC events, and a member of Chicagoland Chapter 3, British Horology (serving as President and Vice President), Cog Counters, International Carriage Clocks, Early American Watch Club, and Antiquarian Horology Society.
I also host a website devoted to education and sharing information about early American watches, www.colonialwatches.com.
I have an MBA and 35 years of business experience in information technology, project management, and new product launches that has taught me how to listen to different ideas and perspectives, and develop plans to succeed.
When I first ran for the Board four years ago, I promised to devote the time and energy needed to make a meaningful contribution and can say without hesitation that the NAWCC is in my thoughts every single day. I ask for your support to continue the progress that we’ve made.
If elected, my personal goals are to continue to drive financial stewardship in everything we do, implement a new website with a compelling on-line value proposition that encourages visitors to become members, establish a closer partnership with Chapters to grow regional events and increase Chapter members, and to challenge and empower our National Committees to think toward our future and put in place technology and processes to be more effective.
Candidate for NAWCC Board of Directors
James (Jim) C. Price
I have been a member of National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors since 1972. I belong to Chapter 63, Sunflower Clock Watchers; 36, Heart of America; 120, Horological Art; and 194, Cog Counters. As a member of Chapter 63, I have held every office multiple times as well as served on its Board of Directors. I am currently the Chapter’s President. I have served as General Chairman for the MKOA Regional and hold that position for 2019. I have observed on-line Board of Director meetings and attended the July 2018 meeting in Columbia, PA. I was honored to become a Fellow at our 2017 National Convention.
A principal goal of the NAWCC is education; as a retired teacher, I fully support that objective. I have presented numerous programs on early American clocks for my Chapter and others. I am enriched by working with others and have been honored to loan my clocks to Exhibits at Regionals and a National Convention.
I enjoy researching and sharing information, which led me to write “Charles Kirk’s Cast Iron Back Plate Movement,” (August 1983) for the Bulletin. I have submitted another article on “Chauncey Jerome’s Oversized Steeples with Their Four Unique Movements.”
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado College, where I was the Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC Program. I have a Master’s Degree and Specialist Degree in Education from Wichita State University.
I served active duty for two years and 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring a Brigadier General. My last assignment was Commanding General of the 89th Regional Support Command where I administered an annual budget of $54 million and managed 1,000 full-time staff and 14,500 soldiers in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.
While in the Army Reserve, I also taught math for 34 years at Wichita Public Schools. I was a Department Chair at both the junior high and high school levels and I served on several committees as Chairman. My experiences in two widely different fields provide me abilities that allow me to take the pulse of a large organization in terms of daily operations, membership needs, and financial commitments and to determine needed action.
The NAWCC’s strength is its members’ diverse backgrounds. I am a good listener. I look forward to hearing comments and concerns from members. I will take those ideas to the Board to address larger systemic issues. I want to join the strong leadership team in finding solutions to maintain the financial stability of our organization, recruit members, maintain or increase our library and museum, and use technology to present a relevant and vibrant image. I am detail oriented. I believe that, combined with my ability to follow up on issues and tasks, makes me a great candidate to further the work in making NAWCC a significant organization for all time.
I am married to Sandy and have a son, daughter, and two grandsons.
I appreciate your vote.
Candidate for Nominating and Elections Committee
Kansas City, Missouri
I am volunteering, if elected, to serve on the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors National Elections Committee. As a retired Superintendent of Schools of a mid-sized Kansas City, MO, school district, my professional experience includes successful leadership of a non profit organization that served more than 4,000 students and 600-plus employees with an annual budget based on today’s programming of approximately $55 million.
It has been a pleasure to serve our Association at both the local and national levels. I have served as Program Chair, Vice President, and President of Chapter 36. During my two terms as President of Chapter 36, membership increased significantly and financial stability was restored to the local unit.
My contributions at the National level include serving eight years as a member of the NAWCC Board of Directors, Chair of the Crafts Committee, Member of the Awards Committee, and Chair of the Development Committee. Using a systems approach and with the untiring efforts of some excellent committee members, the entries in the Crafts Competition increased approximately four-fold during the three years I served as Chair. With continued excellent leadership of subsequent Chairs, the Crafts Competition today remains an enjoyable, educational, and positive experience for Association members.
While serving as a member of the NAWCC Board of Directors, I was instrumental in the recruitment and selection of the previous and current Chairs of the Ward Francillon Time Symposium Committee, reactivating the Development Committee, and functioned as Chair of a task force to study the feasibility of implementing an endowment campaign to seek additional revenue for the Association. The Board of Directors accepted the recommendation of the task force to initiate the endowment campaign in an effort to provide a stable financial future for the NAWCC. Through the efforts of many Association members, a visionary Board Chair, two Executive Directors, and a respected and talented Campaign Chair, the Phase 1 goal of $7.5 million in gifts and pledges to the For All Time Campaign was celebrated at the 75th Anniversary of the Association during the 2018 NAWCC National Convention.
As an experienced CEO of a nonprofit organization as chronicled above, I have had extensive experience in all phases of personnel administration. I offer my credentials for your consideration to serve as a member of the Nominating and Elections Committee.
Candidate for Nominating and Elections Committee
Carroll W. Wolfe
White Hall, Arkansas
I have been a member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors since 1971 and a life member since that program was initiated. I graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a major in accounting. My background as an accountant was in both retail and manufacturing concerns serving as Controller and Treasurer. I retired in 2013 as Controller of a large paper mill. From 1995 to 2015, I ran for and was elected to serve as a Board Member of our local school district and served four years as its President. For the past four years, I have been a member of the Association’s Board of Directors and have served on both the Finance Committee and as a non-voting advisor of the Nominating and Elections Committee.
Having joined the Arkansas Razorback Chapter 62 forty-eight years ago, I have had the honor of serving three terms as President and Vice President and multiple years as Secretary/Treasurer. I am currently club Treasurer and Chairman of the 2020 Regional Committee.
At our National Convention in Arlington, TX, in 2017, I was honored to become a Fellow in our terrific organization.
I love the NAWCC and am so thankful that 75 years ago a handful of people saw fit to found the organization.
Working closely these past years with the leadership in Columbia, PA, I know that one thing needed for our continued success is finding qualified men and women to serve on the Board and to fill key positions of leadership. I was humbled when our current NEC Chair and past NAWCC Chair, Ruth Overton, asked me to run for the NEC Committee.
If elected, I will do my best and always put the interest of the NAWCC first. Because I will be asking others to serve the NAWCC, I feel that I would need to be someone who continues to serve and be an example to others.
If you are reading this and feel that you want to use your talent, experience, and love of horology to assure the NAWCC has future leaders, then please contact a current member of the NEC committee listed in the back of your latest Watch & Clock Bulletin.
Thank you for your consideration.
Call For Nominations
Appointed Members–NAWCC Board of Directors 2019–2023 Term
This is a call for nominations for appointed positions to the NAWCC Board of Directors to be filled in the spring of 2019. Three directors will be appointed to four-year terms, with the term beginning in June 2019.
Director appointment is the way in which individuals with special experience and proven skills may be placed in service on the Board to fill needs that may exist. Special qualifications may include financial planning, legal counsel, museum management, fundraising and development, organizational leadership, as well as others.
Candidates for appointment may be self-nominated or may be nominated by others. If you want to discuss your nomination, please contact Executive Director Tom Wilcox at email@example.com, 717-684-8261 ext. 209, or NEC Chair Ruth Overton at firstname.lastname@example.org, 417-358-5861.
Nomination forms should be submitted as soon as possible for full consideration, but must be delivered no later than April 1, 2019, to headquarters in Columbia, PA, to the attention of Tom Wilcox.
The Nominating and Election Committee (NEC) will interview candidates regarding their interests and eligibility. By mid-April 2019, NEC will select from among all candidates, three who are best qualified to serve special needs, and present them to the Board of Directors for appointment. If any of these are not approved for appointment by the Board, then the NEC will present additional candidates, one at a time, until the three positions are filled.
— NAWCC Nominating and Elections Committee