Nominations of qualified candidates for the American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors must be submitted to the 2016–2017 Nominating Committee, chaired by Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Books, via an online nomination form no later than midnight EDT on October 24. Any ABA member may nominate a candidate, including themselves. Given ABA’s commitment to diversity in all its meanings, the committee strongly encourages members to nominate all interested candidates.
A nominee for the Board of Directors must be an ABA member who is the owner or employee of an independent bookstore with a storefront location that is operated according to sound business principles. In addition, a candidate must have at least three years of recent experience as the owner or employee of a member company. It is also desirable that nominees have at least two years’ experience as an active volunteer in ABA and/or in a regional association or other constituency organization. Qualifications are outlined in the “ABA Nomination and Election Guidelines” from the ABA Governance Policy Manual.
Nominations should include as much information as possible about a prospective candidate. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
The slate for the 2017 Board of Directors elections will be announced approximately 120 days prior to the next ABA Annual Membership Meeting, to be held in June 2017 in New York City in conjunction with BookExpo.
For more information on the ABA Board nomination process and elections, here is a link to a September 7 letter to members from the ABA Board.