COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Team Handball, the National Governing Body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee for the sport of team handball, is seeking candidates for current vacancies on its Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of USA Team Handball is composed of nine (9) members: Two “Active Athlete” Directors; Five Independent Directors; and Two General Membership Directors. The current members of the board are: Tomuke Ebuwei (athlete), David Palmer (independent), David Thompson (athlete) and Tom Zelenovic (independent).
There are three (3) Independent and two (2) General Membership board seats currently vacant. The term for each of the vacant seats shall begin immediately upon selection by the Nomination and Governance Committee. Board terms shall be four (4) years, unless otherwise designated by the Nomination and Governance Committee to achieve the intended staggering of board terms as set forth in the USA Team Handball bylaws.
General qualifications for service on the USATH Board are as follows:
“A Director shall:
A. be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
B. not necessarily be a resident of the State of Colorado;
C. not be a paid employee or consultant of USATH;
D. be registered as a member of USATH for at least sixty (60) days prior to his or her election/selection;
E. not have been employed by USATH within the last five (5) years;
F. not be a person having a record of a felony criminal conviction involving theft, financial improprieties and other crimes involving moral turpitude; and
G. possess the highest personal and professional integrity; have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment; be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long-term interests of USATH; and possess the highest personal values, judgment and integrity, understanding of athletic competition and the Olympic ideals, and have diverse experience in the key business, financial, or other challenges that face USATH.
It is the desire of USATH to have Directors who possess a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, and sports.” (USATH Bylaws Section 6.4).
Pursuant to the USATH Bylaws, an Independent Director is defined as follows:
A. Individuals who are “independent” as defined in Section 6.6(B)(ii) of these Bylaws are eligible to be selected as Independent Directors. Any individual may nominate himself or herself to run for an Independent Director position by providing notice to the Nominating and Governance Committee within the deadline set forth by the Committee. The Committee shall review nominations and disqualify those who do not meet the qualifications and requirements for Independent Directors. Independent Directors are then selected by vote of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
B. An individual shall be determined to be “independent” if he or she has no material relationship with USATH, either directly or through an organization that has a material relationship with the USATH. A relationship is “material” if, in the reasonable judgment of the Nominating and Governance Committee, it would interfere with the individual’s independent judgment. Without limiting the parameters described in the prior paragraph, an individual will not be considered independent if, within the preceding two (2) years, he or she:
a. was employed as an Officer or Director of USATH or was by or held any governance position (whether a paid or volunteer position) within USATH, the IHF or the Pan American Team Handball Federation (the “PATHF”);
b. is an immediate family member of an individual who was employed as an Officer or Director of USATH or was employed by or held any governance position (whether a paid or volunteer position) within USATH, the IHF or the PATHF;
c. was affiliated with or employed by USATH’s outside auditor or outside counsel;
d. is an immediate family member of a Director of USATH who was affiliated with or employed by USATH’s outside auditor or outside counsel as a partner, principal, or manager;
e. received any compensation from USATH, directly or indirectly, with the understanding that reimbursement for expenses shall not be considered; or
f. is an executive officer, controlling shareholder, or a partner of a corporation or partnership or other business entity that does business with USATH, including but not limited to any business entity involved in the manufacture or sale of Team Handball equipment.
When the guidelines above do not address a particular relationship, the determination of whether the relationship is material, and whether the individual is independent, will be made by the Nominating and Governance Committee. (USATH Bylaws Section 6.6(B)).
A General Membership director is defined by the USATH Bylaws as follows:
“There shall be two (2) General Membership Directors. Individuals who meet the qualifications set forth in Section 5.1(A)(i) of these Bylaws and individuals ages eighteen (18) or older who meet the qualifications set forth in Section 5.1(A)(ii) of these Bylaws are eligible to run for the General Membership Director position. Any individual may nominate himself or herself or another member meeting the qualifications and requirements for General Membership Director by providing notice to the Nominating and Governance Committee within the deadline set forth by the Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee shall review the nominations and shall disqualify those who do not meet the requirements for the General Membership Director. The Nominating and Governance Committee shall submit the approved nominations to USATH, which shall conduct an election among these individuals who meet the qualifications described above. The candidate with the highest number of votes shall be elected as the General Membership Director” (USATH Bylaws Section 6.6(C)).
Please note that any board member must have been a registered member of USA Team Handball for at least sixty (60) days prior to their appointment. It is possible to register as a member online at www.usateamhandball.org.
The Nomination and Governance Committee will screen the candidates for each class of the vacant board seats. The names of all eligible candidates for the two General Membership seats will be forwarded to the CEO of USATH, who will work with the Audit Division of the USOC to conduct elections. All individuals who have been registered members of USATH for more than sixty (60) days are eligible to run and vote in the election.
The Nomination and Governance Committee will vet all candidates for the Independent Seats and will select finalists in its sole discretion. The Nomination and Governance Committee will conduct individual interviews with each finalist. The board will announce the selections after all interviews have been completed.
Individuals who wish to be considered for the vacant board seats must submit his or her name to the Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee, Thomas Fitzgerald, on or before midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 15, 2013. Submissions must be emailed to Tom Fitzgerald (TFitzgerald@monarchmgmtllc.com) and cc’d to USATH CEO Matt Van Houten (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must contain the following information:
1) Full name & address;
2) Date of membership of USATH;
3) An explanation of the individual’s background and experience within the sport of team handball in the United States;
4) An explanation of the individual’s reasons for seeking a board seat, the qualifications that he or she would bring to the board, and the specific goals or strategies that he or she would pursue as a member of the board.
For a printable version of this nomination, please click here.