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  • in reply to: 2022 Elections #27637

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Since 2017 and with the help of IVRPA I established VR Oslo International Business Cluster which is Norway’s fastest growing business cluster to date, an initiative to apply for the Norwegian Innovation Clusters Program in 2022.

    Between autumn 2016 to December 2017, Jürgen Schrader went to seven Oslo VR meetings. Could you please tell us what are the benefits that the members of IVRPA obtained from these seven visits?

    How will IVRPA members benefit from your presence on the Board?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27613

    Luc Villeneuve
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    You’ll complain about anything you can.

    But who put that in your head? I’m just looking for the truth, I just want to know.

    Complain against everything? Summer 2019, when I thought it was possible to configure iVRPA, so that this beautiful association, would increase the number of member services, I surveyed certain groups of photographers to get their opinion. From there, was born my plan, presented during the 2020 election for which I obtained a historic number of votes. It was a very good plan, unifying, very positive.

    I just do not think that any of your goals for the next 2 years worth any worthy effort. Correction of status of IVRPA with Massachusetts, is a matter of a short motion during a board meeting, finding a lawyer and pay a few thousands dollars to correct this legal situation.

    Solving legal issue is a minor point for the BoD that can be solve quickly. Create regional groups, with the internet, chat rooms, Skype, Team, etc. is certainly not the way to go in 2022.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27612

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    You’ll complain about anything you can.

    Yes, I will definitely decry all unnecessary expenses. I hate nonsense. Lately, I have seen too many. But I will praise anyone doing something smart for the members.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27611

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Re. Regional chapters; If there is enough interest in a region to get together on a regular basis, we would encourage this direction. Just because it didn’t work in the past, doesn’t mean that it won’t work today.

    All the luck on this one. I will watch you go.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27610

    Luc Villeneuve
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    We had to terminate the contract for AB Communications in June because they weren’t working out as expected and costing too much money.

    And it took one year? Eighteen months to realize that they were somewhat useless? Who wrote the RFP to AB Communication? Overall, how much money did this experience cost?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27609

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Because I setup the Election Buddy account and turned it over to Andrew once he stepped forward. I haven’t had anything to do with the Election Buddy account since Andrew took over. To get my name removed as the election manager was becoming a problem as Andrew would have to start all over.

    For someone who was involved in building the actual web site, using the services of Election Buddy was a bad call. IVRPA had everything to manage the election from within our own web site with the member’s database updated automatically. Who is updating the database used by Election Buddy is updated every day?

    And, we are not a democracy. We are a membership based non-profit and the members vote for the board of directors. The election is not open to non-members.

    Don’t play with words. An election is certainly a democratic exercise. Unless it’s in North Korea.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27605

    Luc Villeneuve
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    This question is for Loren Price

    I want to finish what we started two years ago to
    1) Bring the group into compliance with Massachusetts laws and
    2) Create regional chapters that would be more responsive to local customs.

    You hired a company to handle IVRPA’s business. Didn’t they manage the legal aspect with the government of Massachusetts? If they didn’t fix this “problem”, what did they do to charge IVRPA so much?

    Regional chapter is useless for most members. We live in a global world. What would a chapter look like? Local meetings?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27604

    Luc Villeneuve
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    And to all the new candidates, what do you want to achieve during the next 2 years?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27603

    Luc Villeneuve
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    I wish everyone a lot of energy and a fruitful collaboration.

    Unfortunately, the assets of IVRPA which hovered around $130k at the end of 2016, have melted away for all the wrong reasons and will not have as much freedom to deliver services to members.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27596

    Luc Villeneuve
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    QUESTION TO ALI Zareiee
    This is my second attempt to get an answer from Ali Zareiee. It’s a simple question.

    Again… what do you want to achieve at IVRPA? Not for you but for me and all other members

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27595

    Luc Villeneuve
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    It is VERY sad that people who want a seat on the Board of IVRPA don’t take the time to answer questions. It seems to me that would be a minimum.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27550

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Loren Price should re-read the ByLaws…
    – It is the President’s duty to call the election by the third week of November at the latest. Fail.
    I see below his picture that Mr. Loren Price is the Election Manager. How is this possible?
    – The role of the President is to appoint an election manager who is impartial.
    – The election manager cannot be a director or a candidate or a family member of a director or a candidate.
    How is it that he advertises himself as the election manager?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27549

    Luc Villeneuve
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    The voting has been changed so that you can cast less than 6 votes if you want.

    A fine example of amateurism. There is not a single election that works this way. Except in North Korea.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27543

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Why is it a must to vote 6 candidates if I just want to vote 3.
    So as far as I understand the voting-options I can only vote 6 or none?!

    This is against the most basic rule of democracy.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27539

    Luc Villeneuve
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    During 2020 election, your candidate statement was quite clear that you wanted to use IVRPA to grow your own business.
    IVRPA went to your event 6 if not 7 times. Before the first time, IVRPA had 2 members in Norway. After 7 presences of IVRPA at your event, IVRPA had 2 members. No new members!!!! It means that all the money spent to go to your event was bad money. I al
    Again… what you want to achieve at IVRPA? Not for you but for me and all other members.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27536

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    @Jim Zellmer.

    What do you want to achieve at IVRPA?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2022 Elections #27529

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Candidate statements should be posted by members on this forum, not the election manager. And there is legal reasons for that.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Why so much torment over such a humble compensation #27449

    Luc Villeneuve
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    2020 Financial report shows that website and E-mail cost more than $16K. So Sam’s honorary was obviously reasonable.

    2020 Financial report shows that the BoD spent more than $23K for professional management. This is NOT reasonable.

    Please send short answer as these eternal answers are useless.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: January 2021 Member Meeting #25822

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    Does the members on the Board of directors have a plan to submit to members?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Next Members’ Meeting: October 17th, 2020 #25131

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    I sent this email but I never got the invitation.

    After disappearing from the list, more than once, whether because of the incompetence of the people managing the IVRPA site, which NEVER happened when Sam Rohn and I were managing, I was denied access to members’ meetings?

    I do not understand your vision of democracy.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Paying your dues #24937

    Luc Villeneuve
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    HEY! Are you listening? WAKE UP DIRECTORS! HOW MUCH?

    It’s an official question to Loren Price, Matt Rowell and Gavin Farrell. All other members of the actual BoD are involved in the mismanagement from 2017 to 2019 and the Belfast organization refused to produce a financial report.

    Anyone in the bunker have the guts to give numbers?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Financial statement for 2017 #24322

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    I have planned, organized and carried out 2 conferences for IVRPA. I know that planning is paramount, even if the numbers on paper are going to change. There is too many variable in the equation of a conference to be on target from day one. But the follow-up is the most important pas of the job. The organizer have to monitor income and expenses, make adjustments along the way and report to the BoD. As an administrator you have to follow up so that the budget is respected. Vienna seems to be uncontrolled and no one seems to be responsible for that. That’s not healthy corporate behavior.

    As the 2017 budget report is dated Dec. 31st 2017 nothing will be added.

    I certainly do not want to change anything on this financial report. But I have questions.

    1. Did the BoD approved a budget for Vienna?
    2. Did the Board of Directors follow up on the budget implementation?
    3. Has the $23,126 advance to Florian Frey been recovered?
    4. What is the amount of the compensation Florian Frey got?
    5. What are the other expenses  associated to Vienna in the list of expenses Conference Video Equipment and Travel.

    I discovered that travel expenses for Tokyo has been deviated to an unpublished financial report for IVRPA 2018. This type of manipulation lowers Tokyo’s costs but is certainly not a good example of transparency.

    The only conclusion that this report allows is that the association in 2017 has spent US$ 22,898.39 more than it had earned in that year.
    Calling that sum a loss is improper and creates a misleading narrative.

    But… Name it the way you want, loss, red number, operating deficit, or even investment, that money is gone. Is this red figure is an investment? Well, show me the plan that gives value to the members.

    The only way to have clarity about this is a detailed report of all earnings and expenses of 2017. Something that the treasurer, president and board of that time seem to have failed to produce.

    So Vienna was mismanaged. The saddest thing is that the problem seems to be recurring. There is no financial statement for IVRPA 2018 and Tokyo financial statement is incomplete. And we haven’t seen the one for 2019. Belfast was a year ago. The BoD is accountable to its members. When are we going to see people accountable for their actions.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated mistakes. Why, given the black hole of 2017, did the directors of 2017 not simply resign or be fired for not delivering on their commitments?

    Something not so easy as mid of 2017 accounting was transferred from our former accountant to the current accountant, and due to handling of local VAT the accounting for the Vienna conference was done by an accountant in Vienna.

    Not so easy? Why did the BoD decide to use a different accounting firm?  Everything was fine before. Accountants does that all the time.
    We should not be led to believe that IVRPA’s accounting is complex. It is not when you do it on time. I have been there and done that.

    However, we all want transparency and look forward to present the missing reports to the members asap.

    Don’t stop at words.
    I worked hard for 2 years growing the asset of IVRPA like never before. It was an opportunity to create wealth and return value to members. Instead, since 2017, year after year, our assets are melting like snow.

    I am very disappointed.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: BoD Confidentiality Agreement??? #24175

    Luc Villeneuve
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    “The NDA is merely a formality to remind board members that discussions through private channels should remain private”

    This NDA has no value for me. I am not ashamed of what I have done in the past. This NDA protect incompetent, liars and cover up BoD members who mismanaged IVRPA.

    The Law of Silence
    I once asked to get a report on all expenses reimbursed to BoD members, mostly for flights and hotels. The answer I got was the equivalent of “Forget it”. As a member, what was the message from the BoD? That it was none of my business? Why would anyone want to hide information? That’s normally when I start asking questions. Because there’s no smoke without fire.

    Overindulgence
    I finally discovered that within less than 15 months (Sept 2016 to Dec 2017), a member of the board of directors, attended 5 or even 6 events organized by OsloVR, a business cluster of company involved in the VR industry? Do you know how many new members from Norway we have since IVRPA started to invest in VROslo events? ZERO! No gain at all. This is certainly not a good score. Again, BoD members of IVRPA are not accountable for their incompetence. But we have to keep this a secret.

    Deceit
    If the people on the board are bound by an NDA, aren’t they also required to tell the truth? All the truth? All the time? How do you explain that a BoD member can lie brazenly to other people on the board?

    While working to recover from the incredible timeframe imposed but the 2019 team, we have been told that the livestream of Belfast has been very popular. This statement led me to believe that we had to put a rush to repeat the experiment. Fortunately, I had the reflex to ask for verifiable information such as the number of members, cost of production, etc. Finally,  only 2 members who subscribed to the livestream… WOW… TWO! And that was successful? No! It’s not only a total fail but the proof that someone was lying. In a real team, there can be no liar. It is shameful.

    Well, as I certainly understand why some discussion has to be private, IVRPA is not a private held corporation and it belongs to members. Never forget that.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated errors. When year after year some financial reports are incomplete or literally nonexistent, like Vienna 2017, financial reports for IVRPA 2018, Belfast 2019, when the problem is repeated year after year, IVRPA does not need an NDA but a serious cleanup to get rid of his incompetence which prevents IVRPA from moving forward.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: IVRPA Status Report #23964

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    Being an active member of the board of directors from 2014 to 2016, I have a very different point of view.

    As with most things described as dire, the situation with the IVRPA wasn’t as bad as reported.

    From my standpoint, the situation is much worse than I expect, and certainly much worse than when I left in December 2016. The financial situation has deteriorated and the profit in the financial statement, when they exist, are painted in red. As a business man, red numbers is not an option and reveal a weak management.

    I don’t know how you can say that Loren. How can you evaluate the performance of IVRPA when financial reports are not available? When financial reports reveal that some expenses have been hidden under false wording. In the real world, when an administrator fails to run the business or hide the truth, the role of shareholders is to fire these weak administrators.

    Most of the problems were a result of in-fighting amongst the Board

    On my very first meeting of the board of directors, within a few minutes, a unbelievable fight broke out. I had two options, leave this weird group or try to do something to bring it back to something positive. At that time, in-fighting was already part of the DNA.

    Here is a comment from Keith Martin I got in reply to the original poster.

    “From MY perspective, Jürgen Schrader was both the instigator of attacks and absolutely provoked the attacks on him. He is a liability, and while I recognize the need to calm things down, this kind of whitewashing is not acceptable.”

    Here is another quote from Keith Martin which is public in his resignation letter from the 2019 BoD…

    “It’s been an interesting period, but it has been increasingly marred by a surprisingly large amount of infighting and, for want of a better word, back stabbing”

    There is also an interesting quote from Donald Bain who is a former member of the board of directors of IVRPA.

    I had withdrawn from active participation in the IVRPA before Jurgen took over. I was amazed and appalled to hear that he had been elected president. Through more than a year of weekly on-line meetings where we basically rebuilt the organization to be more professional and effective he had nothing to say. I mean literally, he sat through all those meetings without contributing. He seems to fancy himself a great wit, but it often misfires and offends people, myself and Bill Bailey notably. – G. Donald Bain

    During 2019, there was an historic number of resignations. You do not need a PhD on human behaviour to realize that there are eels under the rocks.

    So if all these never ending in-fightings are the consequence of personal conflict, what is the common point between the period of Donald Bain, the years preceding my arrival, what I could observe during my 3 years on the board of directors and the debacle of 2019? To ask the question is to answer it.

    The only way to correct this is to have a paid staff to look after the day-to-day operations… groups like our’s contract with AMC’s, Association Management Companies

    Unfortunately, I do not agree on this statement. Normally, when all BoD members do their jobs, it is an easy task. I know that because I did it for 2 years in recent years. As an example, some might think that managing the membership is a tedious task. It’s not. I can even tell that it’s a fun job. I always enjoyed it, even if sometimes members were angry. I remember a famous sponsor who quit during preparation of Las Vegas 2014. oH my God!… He was ANGRY! But after a few long conversations, I changed this agressivity into an opportunity and the revenue from sponsors reached summit. There is opportunity that a clerk won’t see. But if a BoD member who is supposed to manage the membership does not do his job, it’s another story.

    The communication with the members is one of the most important jobs. Personally, I used Mailchimp a lot, I was working with Keith Martin. I was writing the rough and Keith was going over my bad English to make it a symphony! Communication has to come from a team of people involved in our industry, not an unknown clerk who don’t know what we are talking about or who know the issues we face every day.

    In my plan, there was a budget to subcontract certain aspects aimed at developing services to members, adding value to membership. Not to remove tasks which should be don by elected members.

    Additionally, we are creating a Manual of Operations to make the transition from Board-to-Board go smoother. It shouldn’t be as difficult as this transition has been. Former Board members can attest to this.

    I will certainly not be against this, the transition for 2020 never happened.

    I know there have been calls for Jürgen to resign; I was one of those that called for his resignation. Since assuming my seat on the Board, I’ve had a chance to review everything and don’t see the need for him to resign.

    I already sent an email to Jürgen Schrader asking him to resign. Why? He is a conflicting person and a poor leader. Since 2017, the financial management is a mess and some of the decisions taken has proven to be disasters. He never dares to respond.

    If Jürgen decides to run for the Board again in December when his term is up, he can submit his candidacy, and you will be able to vote at that time if you want him to remain on the Board.

    Of course he can, it’s democracy. During the 2019 election, I asked Jürgen Schrader a question…

    What do you want to do during the next 2 years that you haven’t been able to realize during the last 8 years?

    I never got the answer. Lately, I intercept a communication between him and another BoD member where he said.

    “I discussed with Mrs. X that we best open a members forum for the election only. And once the candidates posted their statements that post will be closed for comments”

    But… But… What is the purpose of this way of doing? Muzzle the members? This is not democracy. This is not my way of doing things.

    And, regarding the past; It’s just that, the past. It’s not the future. We can learn from those mistakes and move on. Nor is it productive to argue about who did what to whom. There’s not much we can do to change what happened in the past, outside of apologizing.

    Experience is the fruit of unrepeated errors. The BIGGEST problem at IVRPA is that irresponsible person are not accountable for their fails.

    I never hid that the BoD needs a severe clean up. It still has to be done.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Do we have a venue for 2020??? #23741

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    Yes we are progressing as quickly as possible on this subject. We will do a public announcement shortly.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: immediate resignation of Juergen Schrader #23541

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Gentlemen, there is indeed an issue in terms of leadership (or lack thereof) with IVRPA. However, to me, the problem was evident before Mr. Schrader stepped to fill the vacancy of president after Mr. Martin left.

    I think your vision is a bit short in time. This problem has been going on for far too long. This problem was already there when I land on the BoD 2014. From a businessman and a manager standpoint, it was a shameful mess and I assure you, Keith Martin was not on the BoD.

    From my standpoint, 2014 was a terrible year for IVRPA. The treasurer and the CEO just resigned on my first meeting. An horrible crash. The BoD could not access the bank accounts. The Las Vegas 2014 conference had problems. We could not send the money to secure our conference venue. The local organizer refused to continue working with the organizer from the BoD. A total mess.

    This organizer noticeably needed help. So I jumped in. Create the first instance of the web site for this event, publishing talks, built the list of speakers, bio and presentation, editorial online, publishing data from sponsors, preparing an automated process to build the program. Nevertheless, the organizer never hesitate to associate my name to the friendly epithet of “idiot”.

    Leadership, is not expressed by the words of one person but by actions of a group of people who have a common goal.

    Don’t worry Jürgen, we will take care of the IVRPA.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020 IVRPA BOD election start #23503

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Last year, on the first minute the election was over, the results were online. What is going on? There is nothing to fix or play with.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: 2020 IVRPA BOD election start #23502

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Loren, your question was

    How many current members have voted?

    This is the answer you got

    Only the election manager can see the number of voters.

    Not true from Nov. 10-19 (Jürgen Schrader and Karyn Laudisi add full access during 10 days)
    True from Nov. 20-24 (last 5 days) After we asked an independent observer to see exactly what some BoD members were seeing.
    For 66% of the time, Mr. Schrader and Mrs. Laudisi had full access to sensitive information. So it’s a 1/3rd truth.

    Debriefing of the last 2 elections and update of the bylaws.
    One of the last thing on my list being the order of the list of the candidates… I would like to know in which alphabet of the galaxy does the letter “Z” comes before F, P, R and V? Curiously there was 7 candidate statement and the first 2 were not in our group.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23452

    Luc Villeneuve
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    There is an important detail, members need to login FIRST. They can then access the page to vote. Otherwise the forum is not visible.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23442

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Member
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    If this is not sorted ASAP I suggest that the election is deferred to give members adequate time to vote AFTER every member is sent a link to the voting location

    Login first THEN click on this link…

    2020 IVRPA BOD election start

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    President IVRPA 2016
    IVRPA - Québec 2016 conference organizer
    IVRPA - Prague 2015 conference organizer
    Board of directors 2014 - 2016, 2020

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