Voting is now open for the ILDA Board of Directors.
Scroll down towards the bottom of this page to see the list of candidates. Underneath that list is the section “How to vote for Board candidates” which tells you the voting procedure.
ILDA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. Elections are held during the Business Meeting, which is part of the annual ILDA Conference.
L-R: Brad Billet, Roberta McHatton, Brian Gonzalez, Olga Eser, Christopher Short
Brian Gonzalez, ILDA President
XTAEGA LLC, US
Term expires at the 2021 meeting
BB Laser Productions, US
Term expires at the 2020 meeting
Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri, Turkey
Term expires at the 2020 meeting
Laser Safety Services, US
Term expires at the 2021 meeting
Individual Member, US
Term expires at the 2020 meeting
You can write to individual Board Members by searching the ILDA online directory for their name (or if they are not the company contact, search for their company's name).
If you want to write to all Board members at once, use this address:
From the ILDA Bylaws: "The Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence, notifications, and other communications as requested by the President or Executive Director. The Secretary shall handle requests for general membership information and shall, accordingly and upon such request, be responsible for disseminating such information. The Secretary shall assist the Executive Director and host company in coordinating annual General Membership Meetings."
Photo courtesy Mike Gould
The Executive Director is hired by the Board to run ILDA's day-to-day operations. In most cases, if you have an issue or question, you should first contact the Executive Director.
Past Executive Directors
David Lytle: Aug. 2003 - Jan. 2006
Page Howard: ? 2002 - Aug. 2003
Linda Hare: Nov. 1994 - ? 2002
Barbara Inatsugu: Aug. 1986 (ILDA's founding) - Nov. 1994
The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the Association’s long-term financial stability while fulfilling the association’s strategic mission.
ILDA’s Bylaws — and especially Section VIII, Board of Directors — sets forth the official description of the ILDA Board’s qualifications, election and duties.
In addition, here is a general list of the Board’s responsibilities:
Nominations for persons who want to run for the Board of Directors should be emailed to ILDA on or before Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11 am EST (New York time)
On or around November 15, a link to the voting ballot will be emailed to all eligible ILDA Members.
While some of the Board responsibilities listed on this page may sound like hard work, Board service is also very rewarding.
You'll broaden your horizons by interacting with a variety of companies and people. You'll be able to shape important issues within ILDA and the laser display industry -- one person can make a difference! And you'll have a better feel for the laser show business, which will spill over into your own day-to-day business.
Consider running for the Board and joining a distinguished list of past and present industry leaders!
The nomination deadline is 11:00 AM EST (New York time) on Saturday, November 14. This is exactly one week before the start of the Business Meeting to be held at the ILDA Cloud Conference.
3 Board seats for election: For 2020-2021, there are three Board seats that will be voted on. The seats are currently held by Brad Billet, Olga Eser and Christopher Short. Any qualifying ILDA Member can run for these seats. Also, the current Board members can run for re-election if they wish.
President is elected from the Board: Once the 2020-2021 Board is elected, then a President is elected from Board members who wish to run for President. So to be President, first you would have to be elected to the Board, then agree to run for President, and finally be elected as the top Presidential choice.
Any ILDA Member meeting Bylaws requirements may run for the Board of Directors. All three of these qualifications must be met:
1. The candidate must be an ILDA Member. Specifically, the candidate must be an ILDA Individual Member, or an owner or full-time employee of an ILDA Corporate or Nonprofit Member company, at the time of the election. Hobbyist and Student Members cannot run for the Board.
2. The candidate, or his/her Member company, must be a Member of ILDA during the past two Membership years. This means the current Membership year (year in which voting takes place) and the previous (most recent in the past) Membership year.
3. The candidate, or his/her Member company, must be in good standing within ILDA. This means 1) all dues and any other outstanding transactions with ILDA are paid and up to date, and 2) the candidate's Membership has no issues with the Ethics Committee.
You may nominate yourself to run for the Board, or you may nominate another Member. The nomination must be emailed at least one week before the start time of the Business Meeting that is held during the ILDA Conference. The nominated person does not have to be present at the Business Meeting.
To nominate yourself or another person, simply send an email to ILDA, with the your name, the name of the nominee, and a brief statement (500 word maximum) describing why the person being nominated would be a good Board member. If you are nominating another person, we ask that you contact them first to be sure that they want to run and serve on the Board.
Candidate list and statements
Below on this same page will be the candidates and their statements (500 words maximum). If the candidate wishes to provide additional material, there can also be a single link to a candidate's external web page or site where more information is available. There is no limitation on the length or content of any material -- written, video, etc. -- which is accessible via the linked page.
Video statement for Business Meeting
Candidates are encouraged to virtually attend the Business Meeting held online at 11 am Eastern (New York) time during the Cloud Conference. They will be able to make a statement of up to 3 minutes to the other persons online.
If a Board candidate cannot attend, they can submit a video file (MP4 or MOV format) to be played at the meeting. In this video, the candidate must speak for themselves, to the camera. There can be no other persons, shots or edits -- it is a personal statement, the equivalent of standing up in person at a meeting. The maximum time for the video is 3 minutes. The video file must be provided to the Executive Director at least 48 hours before the start of the Business Meeting. ILDA is not responsible if the video file is unable to be played due to technical issues.
Note: Descriptions of the Board election and other procedures are subject to change. In case of any disagreement between the descriptions on this webpage, and the most-current version of the ILDA Bylaws, the Bylaws take precedence.
There are three Board of Director seats up for election in 2020. We just made an announcement on October 21 and so as of this date, there are no candidates who have yet announced.
The President is elected from one of the five Board of Directors persons.
The duties of the President are listed in the ILDA Bylaws, Article IX, Section 4 as follows:
"The President shall have the responsibility for overseeing the general management of the affairs of the Corporation, and shall carry out the resolutions of the Board of Directors. The President shall preside over the Annual Conference following his/her election and over all Board of Directors meetings."
We just made an announcement on October 21 and so as of this date, there are no candidates who have yet announced.
On or around November 15 2020, eligible Members will be emailed a link to the ballot webpage. (Voting is open to all ILDA Corporate, Nonprofit, and Individual Members. Hobbyist and Student Members do NOT have a vote.)
A sample ballot is shown here. Note that you will vote twice, once for the Board of Directors and once for President.
Voting will occur before or during the online General Business Meeting during the ILDA Cloud Conference. This meeting starts at 11 am EST (New York time) on Saturday, Nov. 21.
We ask that ILDA Members attend the online General Business Meeting. This is one of the free benefits of membership — being able to participate in the association's business.
• If you are an ILDA Member who has registered for the ILDA Cloud Conference, simply go online during the Business Meeting. Wait until the Board candidates have spoken, and online voting begins, before going to the ballot link in the email you received on or around November 15.
• If you are an ILDA Member who has NOT registered for the Conference, you still can attend the Business Meeting for free. To register for the Business Meeting, go to the Event Registration page. This event will be visible only to current ILDA Members (it will not appear on the list of events for non-members).
ILDA Corporate Members pay more in dues, and in return get correspondingly more ILDA Member votes. When we send ballots, Corporate Members' choices are automatically multiplied by their number of ILDA Member votes, so they have the correct "voting power."
However, there may be a few Corporate Members who want to split their ballots. For example, a Corporate Level 1 Member who has 4 total ILDA Member votes may want one ballot that lets Person A cast 2 votes, and another ballot that lets Person B cast 2 votes.
If this is the case, you must contact ILDA on or before November 14 to let us know you want to split your ILDA Member votes. Specifically, we need to know the email address to send each ballot to, and how many votes for that email address. (Example: "Give 2 of our 4 votes to personA@hugelasers.com and the other 2 votes to personB@hugelasers.com").
For reference, here are the voting levels:
— Corporate Level 1 Members ($1040 dues) have 4 votes
— Corporate Level 2 Members ($520 dues) have 3 votes
— Corporate Level 3 Members ($260 dues) have 2 votes
You do NOT need to contact ILDA if you are a Corporate Member who is fine with casting all of your votes for the same candidate choices.
A detailed description of ILDA voting procedures, and how votes are counted, is on the page ILDA Voting Procedures. This page is under the For Members Only menu at the ILDA Member & Event Management website; Members will need to log in with their username and password.
The following instructions tell Board members when and how to get onto the monthly Zoom meetings.
Board Zoom meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 12 noon, Orlando time.
We may send out reminders, but ultimately it is each Board member’s responsibility to mark this as a recurring event and to try to keep the time free.
The “master clock” for the meeting is 12:00 noon Orlando (same as New York).
In the spring and fall, remember that U.S. Daylight Saving Time starts and ends on different dates than in other countries. Therefore, you should double-check before each meeting to ensure you are calling in at 12 noon Orlando time.
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(Note: The Waiting Room is enabled. You will not be able to participate unless you are a Board member or are otherwise authorized. This means you may have to wait in the Waiting Room until we let you into the Zoom meeting.
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