FAI Board Elections 2020

Flashpoint Artists Initiative [FAI] is the organization responsible for overseeing the creation of and the running of Georgia’s two burns, Alchemy and Euphoria. The FAI Board manages the property, affairs, and business of our burns.

There are two positions on the Board opening up as the terms of Luis Uribe and Dale Lyles come to an end. (The new board members will serve a two-year term, through 2022.)

Here’s the timeline:

  • announcement of candidates: Nov 27
  • online voting: Nov 27 – Dec 12
  • board ratifies votes/winners: Dec 19
  • onboarding of new board members: Dec
  • new board members take office: Jan 16

To vote in this election, you must have attended at least one FAI event (burn/fundraiser) in the last 36 months. Your name may be verified against our attendance records, so please use your legal name to vote.

Voting will remain open from Fri, Nov 27, until 9:00 pm on Sat, Dec 12. Vote here. (The form may not be active until later in the day on Friday.)

Candidates

Luis Uribe (incumbent)

Which burns have you attended? Alchemy, Euphoria, and To The Moon

Why do you want to be a board member? Because I’ve still got the energy to do it and would like to help do what I can to preserve the Burn through even more fun quarantine times.

If elected to the baord, what will your priorities be? Safety (can we do the Burn without endangering our Community) and continuity of purpose from my previous term (rebuilding PWC and so on)

What is your long-term vision for the future of Flashpoint Artists Initiative? Bringing it back online as safely as possible and shoring up the foundations of the organization in the near term – longer term hopefully leaving it better than we found it.

What would you most like to contribute as part of the FAI BOD? Consistency and being the most reasonable person possible

Please tell us about the experience (professional, burn world, or otherwise) that you can contribute to the FAI BOD. I’ve been on the Board for 2 years now and would like to continue to serve for another term (I know I am asking for it)

What roles have you served in at Alchemy and/or Euphoria? In leadership positions at other burns? Board Member, Rangers, Greeters, Education, Shift leads

Please describe your leadership style and experience (in detail). Lead by example in my personal conduct and manner. Consult experts and gather consensus whenever possible otherwise

Please describe a time you experienced a team conflict and the steps you took to peacefully resolve it (in detail). Well… a lot of that is in previous Board meeting notes

Which committees are your most interested in serving on? Every board member must serve on two. Public Works Committee, Event Committee

Kevin Wilson

Which burns have you attended in the past? Alchemy 2017, Alchemy 2018, Alchemy 2019, To The Moon 2017, To The Moon 2018, To The Moon 2019.

Why do you want to be a board member? To help organize and execute the events in a timely and organized fashion. To help prevent backups and delays in the execution of pre-event goals.

If elected to the board, what will your priorities be? Communication between the board and the Event committee. To help protect our community and help with our outreach with our host community. Also to grow the volunteer participation and improve how volunteers are treated and utilized.

What is your long-term vision for the future of Flashpoint Artists Initiative? To help streamline and organize the information and Communication between the board, event committee and the attendees. Making sure that there is clear and concise instructions and and communication inside the community.

What would you most like to contribute as part of the FAI BOD? A different perspective to how the events have worked out in the past. Also help with organizing and executing non burn events (ie. Build weekend, inventory, and art fundraiser.

Please tell us about the experience (professional, burn world, or otherwise) that you can contribute to the FAI BOD. In my professional life I have helped run and manage a restaurant of 50 staff and have done purchase orders and scheduling, in the burn community i have successfully run a theme camp for 5 consecutive burns and have orchestrated the serving of over 300 people a day at said burns. In conclusion I’m good at herding cats.

What roles have you served in at Alchemy and/or Euphoria? In leadership positions at other burns? Lamplighter lead Alchemy 2018. Assistant Placement lead 2018, 2019

Please describe your leadership style and experience (in detail). My leadership style can be described as cool and calm. I work well under pressure and am not afraid to get my hands dirty. I never ask anyone to do anything I’m not willing to do myself. I also don’t believe in letting people work alone. If I see someone struggling I jump in to help; nobody should have to bear a burden alone.

Please describe a time you experienced a team conflict and the steps you took to peacefully resolve it (in detail). The most recent time of team conflict resolution has to be at my last job.  On my third day after coming as the new head chef the kitchen staff was getting ready to walk out due to not being paid. After getting the staff calmed down and willing to talk to me as a third party. I was able to talk the owner into cutting everyone a check that night and by the end of the week everyone was set up with direct deposit from a payroll company….. what I think I learned in this interaction is that its important to have a third neutral party involved in conflict resolution  

Which committees are your most interested in serving on? Every board member must serve on two. Public Works Committee, Home Committee