2017 Board of Directors Candidates
Once again, it is time for our members to vote on the current slate of board candidates for the upcoming 2017 service year. During an election cycle like we are experiencing nationally, it is wonderful to know that our elections are orderly, respectful, and serve the greater good of the entire club community. However, just like the national elections, your voice won’t be heard unless you vote.
By now, you should have received your ballots in the mail. If not, please contact the office. Ballots are due back in the office by October 13th. You may bring them with you to the Annual Meeting on October 13th (7pm in the Ballroom)
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A final note about the importance of voting.
We ask that you vote for three of the five board nominees. Last year’s elections were settled by as few as 120 votes, with just 25 votes separating 3rd and 4th place finishers. We hope that you would take the time to return your ballot, and then attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18th. There, you will not only find out the results of the vote, but be able to hear the annual reports from each of the committees, as well as ask questions of the board and management.
We want to thank those who have agreed to run for this year’s board openings. They are going “above and beyond” the regular role of SHCC membership. Please take the time to read their full bios at and then make an informed vote.
Shadow Hills Country Club – 2017 Nominees for Board of Directors
VOTE FOR THREE CHOICES…
Here is why I think I’d be a good choice:
As a club member for 25 years, I have served on the Greens Committee, the Golf
Committee and was chairman of the Handicap Committee. I’ve also served on and led many other boards for over 30 years. These include Kidsports, Pearl Buck Center and the Center for Community Counseling, plus a number of industry trade groups. I understand the dynamics of board function and how to get things done.
I would bring a new viewpoint to the board. I have no agenda nor do I represent a specific issue or group of members. Setting measurable goals and evaluating performance based on their accomplishment is the process I support. I believe we are Shadow Hills members because we want to play golf and enjoy the facilities and camaraderie, not run the club.
My business experience as owner and CEO of a national manufacturer has taught me that if an organization does not move forward, it goes backwards. You can’t stay where you are. I am fiscally conservative and will evaluate issues based on cost versus value. I’ve had the good fortune to play golf all over the country and internationally. By observation, I’ve picked up many ideas that have shaped my vision of what Shadow Hills is and can be.
To qualify as a board member, I think a candidate should have, 1) a willingness to serve on behalf of all members, 2) experience and judgment to guide decisions and 3) a love for golf and the organization. I believe I bring all three. And being retired, I have the time to devote to our great club. I appreciate and thank you for your support.
Outside of Shadow Hills I’m the General Manager of Northwest Stamping
& Precision, a locally owned manufacturing company with 35 employees. I am also a leader on the management team that oversees Northwest Stamping and two other manufacturing companies with the same ownership. The three companies together total 75 employees.
For the past ten years I have been a member of the Lane Community College Foundation Board of Directors and currently sit on the Executive Committee. I will be Board President for a second time in 2017. I am a co-founder of the annual Harvest Dinner which has grown to a level of success generating nearly $400,000 last year. This money provides both scholarship opportunities and funding for the Foundation and other College programs.
Suzi and I joined SHCC in 1990 and it has been and continues to be an integral part of our lives. Both of our children went through the Junior Golf Program. Our son was married here and our daughter had her wedding reception here. We have a number of close friendships that evolved out of our involvement in the Club. It has always been one of my beliefs that if you belong to an organization and you believe in the principles of that organization then you should be involved in the guidance and direction of that
organization. During the 1990’s I was a member of the Board of Directors and in 1998 I was Board President. For the last eight years I have been on the Golf Committee and served as the Chairman.
Our commitment to the future at SHCC is still a family affair with our grandkids taking swimming lessons and participating in the Junior Golf program. I look forward to having the opportunity to be part of the Club’s guidance going forward.
“If you love golf, you’re home”. Those words ring very true for me. I had been a member at Corvallis CC for many years, and had served as Treasurer for three years during a very tumultuous time for that club. In spring of 2008 I was invited by a friend to come down and play a round at Shadow Hills. I enjoyed the golf and the people so much that in June 2008 I joined Shadow Hills. Heck, at the time, I didn’t even mind the clubhouse! Well, things have certainly changed for us since then thanks to the vision, stewardship, talent, and sacrifices that previous Board members, staff and members have
I would like to continue to help make this the great Club that it is. The new improvements to the cart barn and the North parking lot have positioned us well to continue building our banquet business, which in turn provides necessary funding for improvements to the golf course itself. We can’t become complacent though. There are challenges coming our way (minimum wage increases, paid sick leave, paid parental leave) that we must be prepared to deal with. Are we going to be able to handle another
economic downturn? My career in accounting and experience in dealing with country club finances gives me a unique perspective in moving Shadow Hills forward. I would be honored to serve on the Board and I respectfully ask for your vote.
My wife Debbie and I have been members of Shadow Hills since 2009. I have served on the Membership Committee since 2013, and have taken a pro-active role in shaping much of the club’s communications, marketing, and public relations since that time.
If elected to the board, my primary goal would be that of increasing communications between the board and the members, while bringing more than 35 years of business
ownership and marketing expertise to the table.
I currently perform the following for Shadow Hills:
- Editor of the monthly Newsletter (writing and layout)
- Creation and Maintenance of the current Shadow Hills CC web site
- Creation and Maintenance of ShadowHillsExtra.com expanded news site
- Creation and Maintenance of weekly “News You Need to Know” Email Mass
- Creation and Placement of Shadow Hills CC advertising, including newspaper,television and social media marketing (production, media negotiation, placement).
My work for Shadow Hills has created tens of thousands of dollars in savings, while improving communications and expanding our “brand” in pursuit of new members. I believe that the strength of the Shadow Hills community comes from open, two-way discussion that begins by keeping our members informed.
If elected, I will continue the current services I provide, and expand my goal to listen to membership more closely, while communicating the actions of the board more effectively.
Mary Sullivan has recently retired from the Escrow and Title industry,
after 35 + years. Her position was in Operations Management for 30 of those years. Her vast experience, including employee retention, budgets, revenue, expense control, HR, productivity and client relations, blend well with the goals, direction and mission statement of our club.
She has served on the Shadow Hills CC Board of Directors for the past 3 years.
(Mary Sullivan – continued) Additional club experience includes serving on the Women’s Board, as chair for the Women’s Twilight League, chairing the Women’s Night Out (Health, Wealth and Happiness) event, fundraising and recipient of the Kathryn Schneider Service award.
Mary has been a member of Shadow Hills CC for 10 years. She loves making a difference, being involved, new and old friendships and golfing more since retirement. She is married, has 2 children, 2 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren.
Mary would love to continue serving on the Board of Directors for the next 3 years, keeping the club’s best interest in mind.