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Board of Directors; how does one find these positions?

how to get on a board of directors

I feel I have the right credentials, business experiences and outlook to be an asset.  I've always been an "out of the box" sort of guy, and understand that not all ideas are workable, not all ideas are genius, and nothing and no-one is perfect.

So how does one go about this process?


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Stephen Roulac
Title: CEO
Company: Roulac Global LLC
(CEO, Roulac Global LLC) |

Obtaining Board role is a marketing process. Few are advertised...most are by network/referral...some are searched: formal search for larger and self initiated for smaller.

Candidates can enhance their prospects by being identified with issues, capabilities, perspectives that those seeking to add directors would favor. Creating insightful commentaries on such topics increases chances that search concerning those topics might identify your interests and capabilities.

As marine/coastal/boating themes are highly visible in your profile, concentrating on that sector could be a logical focus for you. And, as you work on a variety of different ventures and new initiatives, you might consider looking for situations that might benefit from an exchange of your services for equity in the enterprise along with Board position, so that you would be investing time equity in the company and thereby building your Board of Director resume.

Good luck in finding the positions you seek.

(Director Member Education ) |

Board Appointments are almost always found through your contacts, although try advertised civic boards because they usually have a more public process. This may be a way to get your first appointment.

Be careful what you wish for - once you are known as a good board member you find that you get far too many requests so decide what area you want to concentrate in. I have found I can only be on about three boards at one time and still do top level board work. Board work will both enrich you and drive you crazy.

A side note - There are some training programs that make you a better board member and put you in the network to get a board appointment.

Hope it works out - volunteer and arts organizations need credible hardworking board members from the business community.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Wayne - I saw this today on Forbes and thought of your question above. You may have already read it, if not I hope it is useful to you.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

Thank you Chris, I'll take a look!




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