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2018 Board Candidate: Rick Baker
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Rick Baker, Pennsylvania

Why do I want to volunteer all the time necessary to serve on AAW’s Board? Quite simply, I want to give back. Because of AAW’s many resources, I have enjoyed turning for almost twenty years. I would like to contribute my long association and business experience to AAW as a Board member.

My experience consists of being a founding member of two associations and on the boards of several others. I served as president on one and currently serve as president of the Mid Atlantic Woodturners chapter. I started an audio-visual and meeting services company and headed it for forty-two years. My business and association experience gives me an understanding of how to efficiently run an organization.

The company I founded was involved in the production of all types of meetings of which a large percentage were for associations like AAW. I am a good listener and observer to learn what works and what needs improvement. Without improvement, any organization becomes stale. I currently serve on the Symposium committee using my audio-visual experience to help improve the Symposium’s AV. I also serve on the contracts committee, and I review videos for Video Source.

I spent a year and a half designing and refining the AAW camera boom to make the woodturning Symposium experience more instructive and entertaining. Two were used in Atlanta (2016), and four are being employed in Kansas City this year. I made the instructions for building the boom available free to members on the AAW website. Type “camera boom” in the search box to download it.

I feel that my association, meeting, audiovisual, and business management experience will help me assist AAW in achieving its vision for growth and to better enrich the membership experience. I am very willing to sacrifice woodturning time to serve the Association. I would appreciate receiving your vote.
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