The 135th Annual Convention of Catholic United Financial ended Aug. 4th, but the historic votes cast during the business sessions will affect company business long into the future.
President Harald Borrmann sent this post-convention message to members, delegates and volunteers:
Our 2018 Convention is in the history books. Our venue, the University of St. Thomas, was a terrific place for us to conduct the business of our Association and was enjoyed by our attendees.
Our Delegates, upon the recommendation of our Board and Constitution Committee, made some noteworthy and, in my view, extremely positive changes in the governance of our Association.
Among the developments:
• Two Directors were elected to begin their terms starting January 1, 2019: Congratulations to Renee Brod who will be starting her third term and to Jim Gibbons who will be starting his first term.
• Delegates agreed to move to a three-year Convention cycle, with Regional Member Gatherings occurring in years between Conventions.
• Terms of Board Members will change from a maximum of four three-year terms, to a maximum of three four-year terms. This was done to allow a different slate of Directors to be elected at each Convention.
• Board elections in non-Convention years will be held via written ballot, electronic voting or other means necessary and appropriate to accomplish a fair voting process.
• The age limit to serve on the Board (75 years of age) has been eliminated; however, as noted above, term limits remain in force.
There was considerable and healthy debate on all these matters. It was great to see our Delegates engaged and responsive in setting a direction which is good for all our members. Also, a special thanks to the members of our Constitution Committee and Board of Directors, who were invaluable in supporting the recommended changes and contributed meaningfully during the debates.
More than 250 delegates and guests attended the Aug. 4th event, which included keynote speakers, social time and informational sessions