USA Judo 2018 Election
Announcement of Candidates for the Board of Directors

November 15, 2018

On behalf of the USA Judo Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce that the following nominees have been accepted as candidates for the USA Judo Board of Directors:


Mr. Brad Bolen

Ms. Christal Ransom




Mr. David Johnson

Mr. Joseph Marchal

Mr. Michael Martyn

Dr. Christopher Savoie

Group B & C

Ms. Tracy Crawford

Mr. Humberto Lopez

Mr. Gerry Navarro



Mr. Joon Chi

Ms. Barbara Houston-Shimizu



Biographical information and platform statements for the candidates are posted on the 2018 USA Judo Board of Directors Election webpage.

The At-Large Director will be selected by the current Board of Directors, no later than December 7, 2018.

The Athlete, Group B & C and Referee Directors will be elected by the registered voters for each of these constituencies, as listed on the 2018 USA Judo Board of Directors Election webpage. Only registered voters will receive a ballot. If you believe that you are eligible to vote, please ensure that your name is on the registered voter list for your membership category.

The voting will occur between December 3 and December 7, 2018. Please see the Election Balloting Process Advisory Memo for further details on the election process.

In evaluating the candidates, please consider the following from the Bylaws:

Section 6.1.   General Powers.

Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business and affairs of USA Judo shall be governed by, its Board of Directors.


Section 6.2.  Function of the Board.

The USA Judo Board of Directors shall represent the interests of the judo community for USA Judo in the United States and its athletes by providing USA Judo with policy, guidance and strategic direction. The Board shall oversee the management of USA Judo and its business and affairs, but it does not manage USA Judo. The Board shall select a well-qualified and ethical Chief Executive Officer and diligently oversee the Chief Executive Officer in the operation of USA Judo. The Board shall focus on long-term objectives and impacts rather than on day-today management, empowering the Chief Executive Officer to manage a staff-driven organization with effective Board oversight. In addition, the Board shall perform the following specific functions, among others:

    1. Implement procedures to orient new directors, to educate all directors on the business and governance affairs of USA Judo, and to evaluate Board performance;
    2. Select, compensate, and evaluate the Chief Executive Officer and plans for management succession;
    3. Review and approve USA Judo's strategic plan and the annual operating plans, budget, business plans, and corporate performance;
    4. Set policy and provide guidance and strategic direction to management on significant issues facing USA Judo;
    5. Review and approve significant corporate actions;
    6. Oversee the financial reporting process, communications with stakeholders, and USA Judo's legal and regulatory compliance program;
    7. Oversee and engage in effective corporate governance;
    8. Approve capital structure, financial strategies, borrowing commitments, and longrange financial planning;
    9. Review and approve financial statements, annual reports, audit and control policies and, upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee, select independent auditors;
    10. Monitor and determine whether USA Judo's assets are being properly protected;
    11. Monitor USA Judo's compliance with laws and regulations and the performance of its broader responsibilities; 
    12. Ensure that the Board and management are properly structured and prepared to act in case of an unforeseen corporate crisis; and 
    13. Adopt and implement such policies, procedures, codes, rules and regulations as the Board deems necessary and appropriate to conduct and carryout the operations, programs, activities and affairs of USA Judo. 
    14. The Board of Directors shall elect from its membership a representative who in absence of the President shall represent USA Judo in the IJF and PJC Congresses at international judo functions and events. In absence of the representative, the President may appoint an acting representative.  

Section 6.9.  Director Attendance.

Directors are expected to attend in person all regularly scheduled Board meetings, though for exigent circumstances a director may participate in a meeting by telephone. Directors shall be required to attend no less than 1/2 of all regularly scheduled Board meetings in person.


Section 6.10.   Regular and Special Meetings.

The Board shall meet at regularly scheduled meetings at least 4 times per year, or with such other frequency as is appropriate for the Board to meet given the circumstances, and such meetings shall be spaced throughout the year.   Special meetings of the Board shall be held upon the call of the President or upon the written request of not less than 50% of the Board.


Section 6.22.  Compensation.

Directors shall not receive compensation for their services as directors, although the reasonable expenses of directors may be paid or reimbursed in accordance with USA Judo's policies. Directors are disqualified from receiving compensation for services rendered to or for the benefit of USA Judo in any other capacity.

Note that presently USA Judo does not reimburse or compensate Directors (except Athletes) for travel or other expenses associated with attending USA Judo meetings or discharging any other duties.

Please direct any election questions, concerns or issues to me, Pete Catlos, Chair, USA Judo Nominating Committee -

Pete Catlos
Chair, USA Judo Nominating Committee