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    Here is some diversity: http://inspire.eaa.org/2018/06/27/rc...4rUUVjN3NMYSJ9

    I have only met one board member and I suspect she was nominated after decades of volunteer service.

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    All this drivel would make sense if the EAA board was an openly competed position. It isn't. The board is entierly selected by EAA leadership because they hold sufficient proxies to swamp any "grass roots" attempt to someone else on the board. You can't even pull a "cumulative voting" scheme that is commonly used to allow minority shareholders to get at least one seat on a corporate board. So what you have is a bunch of aging, overweight, white males, with an occasional token alternate. For instance, the two woman on the board are only there because they occupy reserved seats for the heads of Vintage and Warbirds. The only other exception to the white old male farts rule was Jim Clark and he's gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    All this drivel would make sense if the EAA board was an openly competed position. It isn't. The board is entierly selected by EAA leadership because they hold sufficient proxies to swamp any "grass roots" attempt to someone else on the board. You can't even pull a "cumulative voting" scheme that is commonly used to allow minority shareholders to get at least one seat on a corporate board. So what you have is a bunch of aging, overweight, white males, with an occasional token alternate. For instance, the two woman on the board are only there because they occupy reserved seats for the heads of Vintage and Warbirds. The only other exception to the white old male farts rule was Jim Clark and he's gone.
    I am available if more underweight white guys are needed for diversity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingRon View Post
    All this drivel would make sense if the EAA board was an openly competed position. It isn't. The board is entierly selected by EAA leadership because they hold sufficient proxies to swamp any "grass roots" attempt to someone else on the board. You can't even pull a "cumulative voting" scheme that is commonly used to allow minority shareholders to get at least one seat on a corporate board. So what you have is a bunch of aging, overweight, white males, with an occasional token alternate. For instance, the two woman on the board are only there because they occupy reserved seats for the heads of Vintage and Warbirds. The only other exception to the white old male farts rule was Jim Clark and he's gone.
    FWIW, I don't think the derogatory adjectives add to the discussion. But the jist of your post is right on the mark. The EAA board is there to serve and promote themselves and they do not want outsiders on the board unless they can bring a pile of $$ donors with them. They also will not allow an outsider onto the board as they hold the proxy votes. Anyone that thinks the EAA board is an elected democracy is deluding themselves. That doesn't mean the board doesn't do any good or that a diversity based board would be any better. In fact, the fact that many of the board members can bring a lot of donation $$ to the table is good for the EAA, or at least Airventure Inc.

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