Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019-2021 CTG Leadership Council!

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Update: September 12, 2019 – Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2019-2021 CTG Leadership Council! Due to the large number of nominations that we received, we have adjusted the elections timeline. The updated timeline is available at the bottom of this post.

Thank you to our Nominations Committee for making these elections possible: Jason Jones (chair), Hylan Joseph, Gene Lemos, Edgardo Ferrero, and Kurt Benedict.

By Hylan Joseph

Being a Leadership Council member with the Coffee Technicians Guild has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. There is nothing more gratifying the being able to see the results of your efforts on a large scale. It’s been fascinating to watch the development of our guild from a nascent unit with 24 members to a growing and active guild with over 200 members worldwide.

We want you!

Each year the leadership of the CTG finds itself with a few Leadership Council members nearing the end of their term. Our process is to nominate new potential leaders and hold an election where our membership votes. You may think you are not qualified or don’t have anything to offer to the CTG. That's exactly how some of us felt too, until someone asked us, and then suddenly we realized we had ideas and passions that can offer something to this guild. Each member of the guild has intrinsic value that they can offer that we can learn from and use this information to make a better, stronger guild. Consider nominating yourself or someone you know.

This year, the CTG is looking for a diverse group of 5 members to join the 12-member Leadership Council. LC members are members of the Coffee Technicians Guild and are individuals willing to dedicate time to leading our guild into the future. We estimate a monthly contribution of 10 hours per month on average.

A Leadership Council member’s role and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve a term of two (2) years as a Leadership Council Member. All LC members also serve a committee role, which will be decided as a group after elections, options are membership, events, and education/content.

  • Connecting with our technician community and working to build CTG membership value through local events, our Slack channel, CTG Summit events, and/or coordinating regional Gearhead Events.

  • Communicating with the LC group through monthly conference calls and 2 in-person meetings per year.

  • Attend the Specialty Coffee Expo and/or World of Coffee event, and serve as a representative of the CTG Leadership Council.

Are you willing to take on the challenge of becoming a part of the next Leadership Council? Know someone that would be a good fit for the role? Nominate yourself or someone else via the form linked below.

Nominations will be accepted through September 9, 2019.

Election Timeline

The official election timeline is as follows for 2019-2021 Leadership Council members of the CTG:

  • August 26: Nomination Period Opens

  • August 26 - September 9: Nominations accepted

  • September 16-19: Nomination Committee vets all candidates per criteria in bylaws

  • September 20: Slate of candidates is presented to the CTGLC for approval.

  • September 20-27: Slate goes live to all members. Write-in candidates are accepted.

  • September 30-October 11: Voting by eligible CTG members.

The new Leadership Council members will be announced by mid-October (week of October 14) and invited to participate at the in-person leadership meeting in Houston, TX on November 1, 2019.