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Candidacy Form: NYSTIA 2024 Board of Directors Elections

Greetings!

The Nominating Committee of the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) is seeking individuals interested in serving on the association's Board of Directors. Will you put your expertise, enthusiasm and experience to work for the advancement New York State's tourism industry and your NYSTIA colleagues?

Each year seven (7) of NYSTIA's twenty one (21) board members complete their three (3) year term of service.

In 2024,

  • Five (5) board members are completing their first board term and have chosen to run for a second term;
  • Two (2) TPA board members will have completed two terms of office and are not eligible for another term, and
  • There is one non-TPA board vacancy (partial term) to be filled.

There will be three board openings (two (2) TPA and on (1) non-TPA) board openings available to new board candidates in the 2024 election.

Board members should be prepared to:

  • Actively engage with one (or more) NYSTIA committee(s) as well as participate in programs and events.
  • Complete and sign both a Confidentiality Agreement and a Conflict of Interest form.
  • Serve a three-year term (Directors are eligible for re-election for a second term).

An excerpt of NYSTIA Board of Directors' elections process, terms, governance, role and responsibilities as detailed in NYSTIA's Bylaws and Policy & Procedures documents is available for your review by clicking HERE.

Candidate attributes that will be considered by the nominating committee include:

  • Engagement: Is the candidate already actively engaged as a member, serving on a committee, and/or participating in NYSTIA programming?
  • Member Type: Bylaws guidelines dictate that the Board of Directors consist of a balance of TPA (11 directors) and non-TPA (10 directors) members. All three of the vacancies in 2023 are non-TPA board seats. Otherwise underrepresented membership categories are desirable for the board to reflect membership composition.
  • Geographic Distribution: Is the candidate from one of New York State's eleven tourism regions that is numerically underrepresented on the NYSTIA board? (Long Island-0; Chautauqua/Allegheny-1; Catskills-1, Thousand Islands-1; Greater Niagara-1; NYC-1)
  • Expertise: Does the candidate have specialized knowledge and/or professional skills that will contribute to the board's efficacy? (Note: board members cannot have a grant-related vendor relationship with NYSTIA)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: NYSTIA's commitment to purposeful action around diversity, equity, and inclusion is also a factor in candidate selection. Is the candidate a member of a segment of New York State's population that is underrepresented on the NYSTIA Board of Directors?

If you are interested in being considered for one of the NYSTIA Board openings, I urge you to complete the Candidate Profile (see below) by August 23, 2024. The Nominating Committee will review the applications and develop a recommended slate of candidates to present to general membership at the Annual Meeting on September 12, 2024 in Saratoga Springs.

Please direct any questions, concerns or comments to Bob Provost - email Bob@nystia.org; text or call (518) 956-1241.

Thank you!

Cass Harrington
President & CEO, Destination Marketing Corporation, Otsego & Schoharie Counties
Secretary, NYSTIA Board of Directors; Chair, NYSTIA Nominating Committee

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