Meet the Candidates Night
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Clubhouse Great Room
Occupation: Retired (Formerly an Executive with DineEquity, parent company of the Applebee’s and IHOP restaurant brands). My background includes operations excellence, insurance, financial planning, budgeting, risk management, development, safety, security and crisis management.
Education: Undergraduate (Business), Pittsburg State University; MBAm Rockhurst University (Executive Fellow).
Carol and I first moved to Lake Quivira in 1973 following college and my three-year commitment as a Field Artillery officer in the Army. Our early years at the Lake found us involved in the usual variety of activities such as golf, tennis, and of course on the lake. During that time, I also served as Treasurer and City Clerk for the City of Lake Quivira.
The addition of our two children (Regan and Matt) was partially responsible for the move to our second house at the Lake. This also changed our independent lifestyle as we became totally engrossed in the “kid centered” activities. The kids attended the LQ Pre-school, participated in the LQ Recreation Program, swim team, Junior Golf, Tennis and Quivira soccer team. Carol became active in the Mother’s Club and served as Director of the Pre-school. I, on the other hand, began my career as club coach for soccer/baseball/softball/basketball/tennis, which lasted through high school. I also managed to chair the Tennis Club and run most of the tournaments and social events. We’re now in our third house, a partial tear-down/remodel. The kids are grown with families of their own, but long to someday to return and become a part of Quivira’s future.
I previously served on the Board from 2009-2011 and as President in 2011. I chaired or co-chaired most of the standing committees including the inaugural Strategic Planning Committee. During my tenure, the Board always seemed to successfully vet each issue, found reasonable solutions and grappled with and successfully balanced the budget. Sometimes the work was arduous, but the goal was always the same – work for the betterment of Lake Quivira.
This past year, I served to fill a one-year term for a vacated Board position. During this time, I served as vice-chair of the Finance/Administration and Restrictions/Architectural Review Committees. From both a Board and resident perspective, the past year has been one of the busiest and most challenging I can remember. It has been extremely rewarding for me personally to have been able to work with such a dynamic Board and Quivira staff. The collective efforts of the Board and staff are exemplary.
Some of my work on the Finance/Administration Committee is addressed below. However, there is an element of this Committee that many times goes unnoticed and that is “Administration.” This past year, we hired a new GM and Controller as well as made several other staff changes. As Vice-chair of the Committee I provided direction during our insurance renewals, guidance for human resource related events, and as a historical reference for the new GM and Controller. Improvements to several administrative protocols and systems were made during this past year and continue into 2018.
Additionally, during the past year, the Restrictions/Architectural Review Board initiated a review of several policies and procedures resulting in the creation of a new construction application, construction checklist, and a “pre-construction review” procedure.
As a candidate for any elected position, people should know where you stand on the issues. It’s not difficult recognizing the beliefs that shape my position on issues at Lake Quivira. While not an all-encompassing list they include:
Accurately assessing the pulse of the membership on items affecting us all and managing accordingly: The membership has been opening solicited for their input regarding amenities and the direction for Quivira’s future. The Board worked diligently to assess this input which resulted in several identified options being presented for member vote. Whatever your vote, it is now time to move forward into the next generation of Quivira’s history.
Quality amenities and Services: See above.
Financial stability and planning: As Vice-chair of the Finance Committee, I have been fully engaged in the 2017/2018 budgets and the financial planning for the approved amenities. I am generally a fiscal conservative, so watching the $’s is high on my list of priorities. The Finance Committee and Q-Inc staff have worked diligently (and in the best interest of Quivira) to provide responsible financial tools to achieve the 2018 budget and financing for the approved projects. The Committee’s work on several related fronts will continue thru 2018 and beyond.
Preserving Quivira’s Unique Character & Lifestyle: I stand for preserving Quivira’s unique character, lifestyle, and assets. However, to do so, there are times when it is pertinent to improve or add to our amenities such as we have done with approval of the Community Center, Golf Practice Facility, Beach Pavilion, and Nature Center. These are not inexpensive projects, but significantly add to our amenities, character, lifestyle, and ultimately to our property values.
We seem to have always successfully navigated our way from the past to the present and into the future leaving the legacy of Quivira intact. My pledge to the membership is to move Quivira forward while not forgetting our past. Moving forward, we must continue to accurately assess and responsibly act on those issues that cause us to define our future.
I think you will find my knowledge of Lake Quivira and business experiences are well suited to serving on the Board. I look forward to your support at the Annual Meeting.
When I initially ran for the Board of Directors three years ago, my goal was to help guide Lake Quivira through some important decisions which would set the tone for the future of our community. After serving on the Safety & Security, Lake & Residential and Finance Committees, I requested the opportunity to chair the Strategic Planning Committee. Through my past involvement on this committee and extensive professional experience in this area, I believed a different approach would be required to develop a Master Plan that would guide Lake Quivira into the future.
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to serve as the Board President. During this period, I led the task force to recruit and hire our next General Manager, directed the effort to complete the Master Plan and guided the annual budgeting process to a very successful outcome. Throughout my time on the Board, I have worked hard to set a clear agenda, address many lingering issues and foster confidence and transparency with the membership. I have been fortunate to work with an excellent General Manager and a group of dedicated Board Members who share the vision of a great future for Lake Quivira.
I have decided to run for another term to deliver on this vision. Last November, the membership sent a clear message as to their expectations. Several exciting strategic projects are underway, and the budgets are now properly funded to deliver the experience members expect. While there are sure to be challenges along the way, there is a lot to be excited about at Lake Quivira.
If re-elected, my commitment is to continue working to improve our operations, successfully complete each strategic project, grow our membership and increase the value of our community, while applying the same inclusive approach, regular communications and objective leadership I have displayed on past matters. These methods have served me well throughout my career, and I look forward to continuing to focus my energy on the best interests of Lake Quivira.
On a personal front, I am currently the Chairman of MarketSphere, a company I founded after working for Arthur Andersen, where I had served as the Managing Partner of the Business Consulting division in Kansas City and Omaha. Having run my own company over the past fifteen years, I understand the challenges of balancing the strategic, operational and financial considerations of a small, enterprising business and the need to work together to formulate the best solutions. Now that my work commitments are limited, I am able to spend more time serving the Kansas City community, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, the KU Advancement Board and the Lake Quivira Board.
Lynn and I have been members of Lake Quivira for almost twenty years. After six years as a Country Club member, we built our new home and moved to the lake in 2004. Since becoming residents, we have enjoyed the many friendships we have made and have actively participated in many different programs and activities offered by our unique community. Like many of you, we raised our kids and plan to retire at Lake Quivira. We recently broke ground on our new home, so I guess you can say we have a vested interest in the long-term success of our community.
I have greatly appreciated your support during my time on the Board. I believe we have made very good progress and welcome your vote to allow me to continue executing on our plans
I am honored for the nomination as a candidate for the Lake Quivira Board of Directors; and believe my professional career, extensive community involvement and personal experiences as a foundation member have equipped me with the necessary understanding and skills to serve and represent you on the Board of Directors. If elected, I would serve with full commitment, enthusiasm, attention to detail and strong work ethic.
Quivira is entering an era of growth and opportunity with our expanded amenities and programs. The more ways can play together, the more rooted our community becomes with current and prospective members. The future growth and health of Quivira depends on the effective management of these amenities and programs. I hope to participate in facility and program development for fitness and recreational services; as well as planning space for rest, relaxation and social interaction of the members.
INVOLVEMENT: The best way to understand the needs and inner workings of a community is to participate at various levels. I stay involved in the many activities our diverse community has to offer–golf, tennis, lake swimming, biking, running around the lake and trails and enjoying the Clubhouse with family and friends. My extensive involvement and leadership in Lake Quivira committees and clubs include the following:
Fire Department, First Responder; Tennis Committee, Acting Member; Golf Committee, Past Member; Quivira Women’s Golf Association, Past President; Photography Club, Acting President; Yacht Club, Acting Treasurer; Summer Recreation Program, Past Parent Coordinator; Catfish Swim Team, Past Parent Coordinator; Tennis Club, Member; Women’s Bible Study, Member; Mothers’ Club, Member; Garden Club, Member
QUALIFICATIONS: I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters’ of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Kansas; and obtained a PhD from the University of Kansas with dual areas of study for testing and measurement and nursing education. I hold dual pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner certifications and have worked clinically for eighteen years in neonatal intensive care units.
As a founder of Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC, and Director of Research and Development, I bring a strong business acumen to the Board. I value foresight and planning, fiscal responsibility, understanding the market and assuring our community and amenities stay relevant to our residents and country club members. Above all, I will work to ensure Quivira, Inc. remains a value opportunity, attractive to current and prospective members.
With my professional background in healthcare, business, education and publishing, as well as personal experience in physical fitness and sports, I understand the operational components of the amenities offered at Lake Quivira. I will apply my business sense with the art of refining our new amenities to meet the needs of our residents, country club members, and prospects.
COLLABORATION: I bring my experience as a communicator and textbook author to ensure constant communication and transparency with the members of Lake Quivira Country Club. I will always be receptive to your feedback on issues affecting the business of Lake Quivira.
COMMITMENT: Lake Quivira has been our home for over sixteen years. Our family is deeply rooted here with my husband growing up in this community, and our own, three children as Lake Kids. As many liken Quivira to a swallow’s nest where the young return with their young; we, too, hope that our children will raise their own families here someday. As a vested resident, I commit to giving my very best to our Quivira community.
First off, I would like to express my gratitude to the nomination committee for thinking of me as a candidate to serve on the board. Lake Quivira has contributed so many great memories in my life, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute back to the community.
My wife Katie and I moved to the lake in 2013 and have completed the LQ tradition of completely remodeling a home with three kids under 5; Graham (4), Summer (2), Bella (2 months). We absolutely love our home, but are currently following the other LQ tradition of moving across the lake into our new project! Although we have only lived here since 2013, this community has always been in my life. My grandparents built their home here in 1968, I moved here with my parents in 1993 and I have three uncles and three aunts who live here or are members. My mother was raised here, I was raised here, we are raising our kids here and someday will have our grandkids out here if all goes as planned.
The younger members raising families in this community need to have a voice in the direction of our community. This voice is not a right but rather a responsibility for us to step up and contribute if we want our message to be heard. The Board should be assembled with a diverse group that better represents the community it serves. My history in our community and my current place in life I believe would bring a valuable perspective to the board.
I understand what makes Lake Quivira special compared to other country clubs, and would never sacrifice who we are, so we can say we have what the other clubs have. I don’t underestimate the value of greenspace, I love that all of our houses don’t look the same, and I have always referred to us as “Quivira Lake and County Club” and not the other way around for a reason. Our lake and the infrastructure around it is our most valuable and fragile asset and we have to continue the steps to preserve it. That being said, I do believe we need to keep making progress to protect what we have. The passing of the community center and golf practice facility energizes my family’s love for our community, and I hope does for each and every one of you.
My wife and I both graduated from Kansas State with a bachelor’s in architecture and moved to Denver where we both practiced for four years. I am a licensed architect, but transitioned to the construction business in 2010 when I went to work for the family business, McAnany Construction. My architectural background made for an easy transition to the civil contracting world, but I am always learning about better methods for street construction and preservation. In my current role as President, I am involved in all aspects of the company; overall direction, financial planning, operations, equipment purchasing, estimating, etc. In many ways running a family business is very similar to the management of Lake Quivira. Decisions are tougher in an environment where everyone knows everyone, but you have the advantage of a group of people with similar ideals and goals.
One thing that we are most proud about out company is culture; we believe treating clients and employees honestly and respectfully results in stronger relationships with our clients and a higher quality of work from our great employees. This practice of honesty and respect is something all Quivira members should strive for. We do not need more rules and regulations because of people not respecting the existing, but rather we need to respect and enforce the rules we have. This will take an entire community effort, but the board has to be there to stand behind our existing policies rather than writing new ones because of a few bad apples.
If elected my architecture and construction background will bring a great asset to the board. While working on the community center design over the last few months I have seen a need for someone with my background serving on the board. With our upcoming construction projects, the constant need for preservation of our streets, and our storm water issues we will have a lot of decisions where my knowledge in architecture and construction will be vital for decisions the board will need to make.
My family and I appreciate the nomination and would love your support and vote. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Thank you.