*The following blog post also went out as an email from the GBTA President and CEO to all GBTA members at 4 p.m. ET on August 7, 2015.*
Dear GBTA Member,
Thank you, as always, for your time and participation in GBTA. As promised, I want to update you on the next steps as we move forward with a Special Meeting and Special Election. As I said in my note last Friday, we did not meet the quorum requirement in the election at Convention. As a result, we need to hold a Special Meeting of the Direct Members and a Special Election to move the business of the Association forward and to elect a new Board of Directors as soon as possible.
Your comments, suggestions and messages of support for GBTA were greatly appreciated over the last week as we go through this process. We hear you and we know you care. It is extremely important that we all take the time to vote during the Special Election. Your voice is heard best by voting for the leaders that will represent you on important GBTA matters.
After much discussion this week among current GBTA leaders and with legal counsel, the Board of Directors met today to review next steps. The Board has approved a process to move forward with a Special Election to begin on September 15, 2015 with voting to conclude on the 24º of September. This extended 10-day window for voting will ensure that every Member around the globe has sufficient time to cast his or her vote.
Next week, you will receive an official notice regarding the upcoming Special Meeting and Special Election that will include voting instructions. Leading up to the Special Election, GBTA will also resend candidate platform statements as well as information on the proposal to amend the Bylaws.
As you may already know, since 2013, we have worked with a third-party election services firm, Election Services Corporation, on GBTA election matters. ESC will facilitate and validate this Special Election as well.
Your vote will help determine the future leadership and direction of the Association. The success of our Association is driven by you, our Members, and we need and appreciate your continued support. I strongly encourage you to participate.