|November 13, 2013
A slate of candidates for the 2014-2015 AACE annual election is being announced to the AACE membership by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Marlene Hyde, CCP EVP.
The AACE By-laws require that the Nominating Committee, no later than Oct. 31, provide the Vice President-Administration with a slate that includes one or more nominees for each office, each candidate’s consent to serve if elected, and biographical information on each candidate. The Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates and biographical data is to be made available to the membership no later than Nov. 15. One of the reasons for this deadline is to allow the membership time to petition to add candidates.
The bylaws, Article II, Section 4 reads: “Other nominations for the office of Director, or the office of an Officer of the Association, except for the position of Vice President Technical Board, Vice President Education Board and Vice President Certification Board, may be made by petition signed by at least 20 members in good standing. The petitioners shall be responsible for (a) obtaining in writing the agreement of the nominee to serve if elected, (b) securing the biographical data of the nominee, (c) submitting the petitions, the agreement, and the biographical data to be received by the Vice President-Administration no later than December 15th of each year. Each candidate’s name and biographical data shall be made available to the membership no later than December 31st of each year.”
The 2014-2015 Slate of Candidates
The Nominating Committee’s slate has, vying for President-Elect: John C. Livengood, Esq., AIA, CFCC PSP, and Julie Owen, CCP PSP. For VP-Finance, the candidates are Logan Anjaneyulu, CCP CEP PSP; Anna Marie Cox, EVP; and Joseph Wallwork, PE CCP CFCC PSP FAACE. For VP-North American Regions Cristina Baltazar, PE PSP is running unopposed. Mahdu Pillai, CCP, is running unopposed for VP-International Regions. Regions 1,2, 4, 7 and 9 will elect a Director-Region to the AACE Board of Directors. Candidates in Region 1 are: David Colangelo, CCP and Cindy Hands, P.Eng., CCP. Candidates in Region 2 are: Jon McNatty, PSP and Calvin Speight, CCP. Candidates in Region 4 are: Jacqueline Doyle, PE PSP and Ken Krill, PSP. Candidates in Region 7 are: Mohammed Rafiuddin, CCP PSP and Mujtaba Shaikh, PE. Garvan McCann is running unopposed in Region 9.
To view each candidates bio, goals and photo, visit: www.aacei.org/vote.
All qualified voters have the option to cast votes for President-Elect, Vice President Finance, Vice President-North American Regions and Vice President-International Regions. Five AACE Regions will be voting for a Director-Region candidate and the ballots will be set up so that voters get a ballot specific to the candidate or candidates within their region. This list is generated based upon the at-large area or the primary section that a members lists.
This slate of candidates is being published in the December electronic issue of Source magazine and will pick up and be published in the January/February issue of the Cost Engineering journal. That issue will go to the printer in early December, so any potential candidates to be added by a successful petition effort will not be included in these initial publications of the Nominating Committee’s slate. Since the bylaws require a full slate to be made available to the membership no later than Dec. 31, any candidates added by petition would be included in an updated posting at the AACE website in time to meet the Dec. 31 deadline.
AACE members in good standing as of Dec. 31, 2013, will be included in the official voter list that will be released to Votenet Solutions, our contracted third party electronic voting provider. Voters will be able to access the electronic ballots from the AACE website (www.aacei.org). Mobile-Ready Voting—New for the 2014-2015 election, voters will be able to use a mobile-ready voting solution from their smartphone. This will work by typing in the voter login URL into a browser on your phone. In this case, it will be: https://eBallot4.votenet.com/aacei . Voters would then type in their username and password and the process forward will be the same as if they were accessing the ballots, candidate biographies and goals from a computer.
Voting will open on February 1, 2014, and will continue through 4 p.m. Eastern US time on March 15, 2014. Eligible voters will be AACE members with dues paid current as of Dec. 31, 2013. Anyone who renews or joins, in the period from Jan. 1, 2014 to March 15, 2014, will not be eligible to be added to the voter list, or to vote in the 2014-2015 election. Any AACE member who encounters any problems logging onto the election site, should contact AACE Headquarters during regular office hours during the election voting time period. Members are encouraged to vote early once voting opens on Feb. 1. Early voting will allow time for any problems to be reviewed and addressed should a member encounter difficulty in voting.
If you do encounter a problem accessing the ballots, if you believe you receive the wrong ballot, or have other questions—stop, exit from the system, and contact AACE headquarters for assistance. HQ staff can work with Votenet staff to provide solutions to most voting problems, but only if the process stops when a problem is encountered. One of the security features is that once a voter casts a ballot they cannot amend or cast an altered ballot. We have used Votenet Solutions for several years and few voters encounter any problems once they familiarize themselves with how the electronic system works. Use of Votenet Solutions also provides an independent, third party professional which adds to the integrity of the election process.
In addition to Past President Hyde, this year’s nominating committee consisted of: Jay Carson, CCP CEP; Mark Grotefend, CCP EVP; Vera Lovejoy, Phillips Tharakan Mulackal, Matthew Nicholas, PSP; and Jim Perry.
Your vote counts. Please review the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates and decide whether or not to try and add any additional candidates using the “petition” process. You can read each candidates bio and goals by visiting: www.aacei.org/vote/.