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IBPA Members Approve Bylaws Revisions, Board Candidates

Wednesday, April 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Click here to download the chat stream from IBPA's April 28th Annual Meeting of Members.

(Manhattan Beach, CA - April 29, 2020) -- Following the cancellation of IBPA's in-person Annual Meeting of Members scheduled for April 4, 2020 in Redondo Beach, California due to travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19, IBPA members gathered virtually on April 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific to learn about the current state of the association, approve revisions to Article V of the IBPA bylaws, and vote six candidates onto the IBPA board starting July 1st. IBPA members interested in a copy of the official meeting minutes can email to request them.

After IBPA board secretary Kathy Strahs (Burnt Cheese Press) confirmed a quorum and IBPA board chair Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) called the meeting to order, IBPA CEO Angela Bole provided an overview of the association. As part of this overview, Ms. Bole explained the importance of IBPA's mission and vision and how the two have been drafted to connect with and expand on each other. She also discussed IBPA's commitment to the association's core values of service, leadership, independence, and inclusivity. More can be read about IBPA's mission, vision, and core values here.

The fiscal year 2020 IBPA Board of Directors with IBPA legal advisor Jonathan Kirsch (seated left next to IBPA Board Chair Brooke Warner of She Writes Press) during their August 22-23, 2019 Board meeting in Redondo Beach, California.

Following Ms. Bole's address, IBPA members heard remarks from Ms. Warner as the current IBPA board chair, Karla Olson (Patagonia Books) as IBPA's chair-elect, and representatives from four IBPA committees (Member Benefits Committee, Editorial Advisory Committee, Advocacy Committee, and Investment Committee). Ms. Bole concluded the committee reports with encouragement for IBPA members in good standing to apply for a seat on an IBPA committee before the May 15, 2020 deadline.

IBPA board chair-elect Karla Olson's shares her address from the April 28, 2019 IBPA Meeting of Members.

IBPA board member Kristina Radke (NetGalley) then presented a recommended slate of six candidates to serve on the IBPA board for two-year terms starting July 1, 2020. The slate, developed by an 11-person IBPA Board Nominating Committee, of which Ms. Radke was a member, included four incumbent board members and two who would be newly elected:

  • Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito, Publisher, Elva Resa Publishing (incumbent)
  • Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy, Independent Publishers Group (incumbent)
  • Lindy Ryan, President, Black Spot Books
  • Kathy Strahs, Founder, Burnt Cheese Press (incumbent)
  • Victoria Sutherland, Founder & Publisher, Foreword Magazine, Inc.
  • Peter Trimarco, Co-Founder & Publisher, Notable Kids Publishing (incumbent)

Working with Ms. Radke on the IBPA Board Nominating Committee to create the slate above was Angela Bole (IBPA CEO), Janice Butler (Ingram Content Group), Rana DiOrio (Creative Mint), Kelly Gallagher (Ingram Content Group), Maggie Langrick (LifeTree Media), Terry Nathan (IBPA COO), Karla Olson (Patagonia Books), Robert Price (Gatekeeper Press), Christopher Robbins (Familius), Marcella Smith (Marcella Smith Associates), Elizabeth Turnbull (Light Messages Publishing), and Brooke Warner (She Writes Press).

As part of its process, the IBPA Board Nominating Committee reviewed written letters of interest before settling on a short list of candidates for video interviews. Impressions from both the letters of interest and video interviews were considered prior to recommending the slate listed above.

Ms. Radke informed meeting attendees that unless elected chair of the IBPA board, members can serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms. Following this, the IBPA membership voted to approve the slate of candidates as presented via an online poll indicating 79% in favor, 0% opposed, and 21% "no answer."

Before moving to the next agenda item, Ms. Warner recognized two outgoing members of the IBPA board whose service will end on June 30, 2020:

  • Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark
  • Leslie Browning, Founder & Senior Editor, Homebound Publications

Next, Ms. Strahs as IBPA secretary presented recommended changes to Article V of IBPA's bylaws as proposed by the IBPA board. She started by explaining the changes were part of a bylaws revision process that had adhered to the following timeline:

  • April 1st: The IBPA board’s proposed changes posted to IBPA website and shared with IBPA membership. IBPA members invited to provide comments/suggestions for changes by April 20th.
  • April 20th: Deadline for IBPA member comments/suggestions.
  • April 22nd: Subgroup of IBPA board considered IBPA member comments/suggestions and revised the IBPA proposed changes accordingly. Final proposal posted to IBPA website.
  • April 23rd: Final proposal included in weekly enewsletter.
  • April 28th: IBPA members vote on final proposal during a virtual annual meeting of members.

Ms. Strahs then explained that under the current IBPA bylaws, there is one class of IBPA membership broken into four categories (Publisher, Author Publisher, Publisher Friend, and Publisher Partner). All members under this one class are afforded the same rights and member benefits.

With this bylaws revision, the IBPA board is proposing two classes of voting membership known as Publisher Class and Publisher Partner Class and one class of non-voting membership known as the Associate Class. Click here for a complete explanation.

Following Ms. Strahs presentation, the membership voted to approve the IBPA bylaws revision as presented via an online poll indicating 81% in favor, 4% opposed, and 15% "no answer."

The meeting ended with fifteen minutes of Q&A between the IBPA staff, board, and membership.

This fully virtual event marked the first time IBPA has held its annual meeting online using a video-enabled conference system. Many IBPA members expressed appreciation for the ability to attend virtually. IBPA is considering how to continue incorporating virtual elements into member meetings, even as in-person meetings become a possibility again.

Just for Fun!
During the April 28th IBPA Annual Meeting of Members, departing board chair Brooke Warner was celebrated with two tokens of appreciation – one illustrious, and one bobble-headed!

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