Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Aiming for a united and improved USCF
This is an open thread about the USCF, its problems, solutions and direction. I will place a permanent link to this thread on the left side of this blog. This way, it can stay open for discussion and not disappear. Please keep it clean!
My goal is to help unite all membership groups and improve the USCF. Too many feuds in decades have done enough damages to our federation in so many ways. It is time to fix the problems and head toward a prominent future.
I urge all chess politicians to put aside their differences and start to work together for a positive change. I will work with everyone who puts the best interest of US Chess and the USCF first!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and thank you for your support!
I stated the following as the biggest problems and followed up with my goals for the USCF:
I would like to rebuild the USCF into a strong, successful and respectable organization. This is why I decided to run in this election. Here are some of the past major problems that need to be corrected in order for the USCF to prosper:
• Too many bad financial and business decisions
• Too many decisions made for political reasons instead of the best interests of US chess and the USCF
• Too much frivolous spending without long-term vision
• Too little effort to raise much-needed revenues to ensure the good health of this federation• Too little focus on positive chess marketing and promotion
• Too little focus on many membership categories such as adult, scholastic, collegiate, correspondence, and military chess
• Too little effort to retain our memberships, especially the scholastic members
• Too little integrity, honesty, credibility and professionalism by some board members
• Too little accountability of our board members
• Too little respect for our members, affiliates, partners, supporters and sponsors
• Too little willingness to keep the USCF up with the times
Here are some of my areas of focus for the USCF if I’m elected:
• Restore respectability, integrity, credibility and professionalism to the USCF
• Reestablish a sound and balanced budget
• Develop strong cooperation and support for adult, scholastic, collegiate, correspondence, military and internet chess
• Establish a strong professional marketing and PR system
• End the petty and destructive politics
And to help me with these critical areas, I recommended the following candidates who can help turn the USCF into a strong and viable organization:
• Paul Truong: He’s by far the most successful person in chess marketing, promotion, public relations, and management. Paul can bring something to this federation that no one could in the past. We badly need his expertise.
• Mikhail Korenman: He has a strong record in promoting and organizing chess events. He’s a member of the USCF Scholastic Council. He’s well respected by many people, including former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and many others.
• Randy Bauer: He has had tremendous success as the budget director of the state of Iowa, dealing with a multibillion dollar budget. We need his financial expertise.