Election Forum

STC hosts an election forum here: https://www.stc.org/forums/forum/election/. Each of the positions has its own sub-forum. Members are encouraged to post questions there for each of the candidates to answer. The treasurer sub-forum is where I have responded. I will re-post the Q&A here as well.

Question from Rebecca Firestone

The STC seems to be losing some steam in the past several years. A LinkedIn commenter recently remarked, “I believe every tech writer I know dropped out due to the fees going way up while the services that made the formerly modest dues worth paying are available for free from LinkedIn, Craig’s List, salary.com, etc… Some companies pay for their writers’ memberships and the expensive fees to enter the no-longer-prestigious annual awards.”

While I don’t agree with the sentiments, I would like to know how STC retains its value amongst competition from places like Write the Docs, whether you’ve done any formal assessments on membership satisfaction levels overall, whether the Chapter officers feel that National is supporting their goals, and how you would work to strengthen relations with individual chapters.

My Response

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for the questions! I’m going to break them down into the individual questions and answer them as best I can. James answered before me and I tried to not read his response, so I apologize if there is too much overlap.

How does STC retain its value amongst competition?
I think one of STC’s great strengths is its members. The Society is driven by volunteers, the vast majority of whom are members. It is in the members’ best interest to have a strong society, and many of them work very hard to make sure everyone’s STC experience is great. To me, one of the best things STC provides is a strong sense of community. My chapter (STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter) is always reaching out to members, new and old alike. We have spoken at area colleges, started a scholarship, sponsored student membership, and created a mentor program. My chapter has created an STC family, and some of our active members are celebrating 30 years as STC members (and one 35-year membership!). So, I think STC provides a superior community at both the chapter and Society levels. That community helps members succeed professionally as well aiding personal wellbeing by providing a supportive environment.

Have I done any formal assessments on membership satisfaction levels overall?
As a chapter leader, I have sent surveys to my chapter asking about satisfaction, areas of improvement, ideas for what the members would like to see the chapter do. After each meeting, we send a survey about the meeting. At the end of our year in June, we send a survey asking about the past year. We also include surveys as part of our annual conference. My chapter leadership council reviews this feedback and works to improve our processes accordingly.

At the Society level, I know there are surveys that go out about Summit. I’ve seen the feedback for Leadership Day and Virtual Leadership day. The Community Affairs Committee will be reviewing that at an upcoming meeting.

Do the Chapter officers feel that the Society supports their goals?
I’ve been a chapter officer for the past 7 years. During that time, I’ve worked with people from different areas of the Society, ranging from the CFO to CEO, committee chairs to board members. My feeling is that the Society employees work hard to both support and guide the communities. For example, the former CFO worked with the treasurers to create a plan for chapter sustainability. Such a plan benefits communities and the Society by providing low cost best practices. The committees, such as Community Affairs Committee (CAC), take the interactions with chapters to the next level. The CAC more directly interacts with communities and serves to voice the community concerns to the board.

How will I work to strengthen relations with individual chapters?
As noted above, the Community Affairs Committee (CAC) is already in place to work with all of the chapters and SIGs. Each chapter and SIG has a CAC member associated with it. Those CAC members are the liaisons to the communities. If a community needs help or has a request, they contact their representative on the CAC and work with them.

In order to better serve communities, the CAC decided to create a website two years ago. I was asked to create the website using the template provided by STC. Since creating the website, the CAC members have used it to promote their webinars. I’ve authored several Best Practices articles on the site. These articles are intended to be suggestions to communities on how to simplify their work, such as by using Quicken to help budget, and Eventbrite to manage meeting registrations. Additionally, which STC was revamping their website, I used the CAC website to post the applications for the various awards, honor societies, and competitions that the Society offers. Once stc.org was back up and running, I removed those posts and pointed interested parties to the new STC site.

Check out the CAC website: http://www.cac-stc.org.
Or for a list of my Best Practices articles, see: https://tmesposit.wordpress.com/presentations-and-publications/

Historically, the treasurer mainly interacts with communities at budget time. As part of the budget review process, each submitted budget is inspected and various suggestions are made. For example, switch to STC web hosting to save money, or register your chapter leaders with the early bird rate for Summit to save money. Additionally, the treasurer speaks at Leadership Day to talk about budgeting skills. If elected treasurer I would of course continue those communications. I would also consider giving a webinar on budgeting (as was done this past year by Jane and I: http://www.cac-stc.org/quicken-and-easy-budgeting-webinar-september-16-2016/). Additional webinars on tax forms and the annual community financial report are a possibility too. If the CAC finds that a community is struggling financially, I expect to work with that community to help them out.

To see all of the webinars I’ve done to help Society communities, see:
Presentations & Publications
You can also see a list of my chapter and Society-level contributions here:
STC Involvement & Contributions

STC Notebook Article

As part of the election, STC posts about candidates on their Notebook blog. My article appears here: https://www.stc.org/notebook/2017/02/10/meet-candidates-timothy-esposito/. I have re-created it here.

Meet the Candidates – Timothy Esposito

This entry is being posted on behalf of Timothy Esposito, candidate for Treasurer in the 2017 STC election. More information about Timothy can be found on his STC election page.


My name is Timothy Esposito, and I am running for STC Treasurer.

Over the years, I have held many roles with STC, both for the Philadelphia Metro Chapter and for the Society itself. At the chapter level, I have served as scholarship organizer, treasurer, webmaster, vice president, and president. For the society, I have worked on the Community Affairs Committee and the Scholarship Committee, and have presented at Summit Leadership Day. Additionally, I have twice served on the Budget Review Committee (2012 and 2015). So why do I want to join the STC board as Treasurer?

I am running for STC Treasurer because I want to:
• Apply leadership skills I developed with STC to help guide the Society itself.
• Help communities understand the Society’s finances.
• Work with communities to simplify their finances so that they can focus on better serving the professional development needs of their members.
• Support the Society as it grows, evolves, and continues to set the standards in our industry.

Please consider me for treasurer because I am:
• Hard working
• Highly organized
• Experienced as a chapter treasurer (5 years)
• Comfortable working in diverse communities and remote teams
• Invested in balancing the needs of communities and the Society to provide the best possible outcome for both STC and STC members have great potential. My attention to detail and organizational skills will assist the Society and its members.

If elected Society Treasurer, I will serve honestly and faithfully to the best of my ability.

Please see the STC Election website for more information, such as my mission statement, my personal website, and my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Post questions for me or any of the candidates on the STC forum.

Email Announcement

This is a copy of the email text that was sent out by STC.

Society for Technical Communication
2017 Election
This email is being sent to you on behalf of Timothy Esposito, candidate for Treasurer in the 2017 STC election. More information about Timothy can be found on his STC election page.


My name is Timothy Esposito, and I am running for Society Treasurer.
Back in 1994, I was charged with writing instructions for the latest in communication technology: email.  Since then, I’ve been hooked on helping people by simplifying communication. I’ve created training classes and conducted them, narrated online presentations, edited install guides, maintained style guides, and created online documentation libraries.
I value volunteerism and have continually sought ways to offer my skills to organizations in need. Examples include starting a print newsletter for a community band, managing an online newsletter for a township historical commission, creating a website for a local non-profit, and, of course, volunteering with STC. For my chapter, I’ve created a scholarship program, revamped their website, and served as treasurer (for 5 years), vice president, and currently president. For the society, I have twice served on the Budget Review Committee, developed the CAC website, assisted communities with their website hosting transfer, written best practice articles, published book reviews in Technical Communication, presented at Leadership Day at Summit, and served on the Scholarship Committee. Now I would like to continue my contributions to the larger community of STC by volunteering as treasurer.
My experience as a treasurer includes five years as the STC-PMC treasurer, 5 years as the treasurer of an investment club, and three years as the financial officer of my township historical commission.
Please see the STC Election website for more information, such as my mission statement, my personal website, and my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Post questions for me or any of the candidates on the STC forum.
I look forward to seeing you at Summit in Washington, D.C., this spring.
Sincerely,
Timothy Esposito, STC Associate Fellow
President, STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter

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Election Results

From https://www.stc.org/notebook/2017/03/15/stc-2017-election-results/

STC 2017 Election Results

STC, the Nominating Committee, and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 STC election.

When voting concluded, of 3,037 eligible voters, 437 (14.39%) cast ballots. There were some abstentions in each of the categories.

Congratulations to those elected, and great appreciation is extended to all candidates for their dedication to STC and willingness to devote their time and energy to improving our Society by running for office. According to STC’s Bylaws, the results become official when they are announced at the Annual Business Meeting at the STC Summit in Washington, DC, on 8 May 2017.

President                                                

Alyssa Fox
(automatically succeeds from Vice President)

Vice President
Jane Wilson* 248
Craig Baehr 171
Treasurer
James Bousquet* 230
Timothy Esposito 186
Director (two spots)
Jessie Mallory* 319
Robert Perry* 252
Ramesh Aiyyangar 232
Nominating Committee(two spots)
Larry Kunz* 316
Jamie Gillenwater* 299
Grant Hogarth 207

*indicates winner

2017 STC Election

In 2017 I ran for STC Treasurer, but was defeated.

My name is Timothy Esposito, and I am running for STC Treasurer.

Over the years, I have held many roles with STC, both for the Philadelphia Metro Chapter and for the Society itself. At the chapter level, I have served as scholarship organizer, treasurer, webmaster, vice president, and president. For the society, I have worked on the Community Affairs Committee and the Scholarship Committee, and have presented at Summit Leadership Day. Additionally, I have twice served on the Budget Review Committee (2012 and 2015). So why do I want to join the STC board as Treasurer?

I am running for STC Treasurer because I want to:

  • Apply leadership skills I developed with STC to help guide the Society itself.
  • Help communities understand the Society’s finances.
  • Work with communities to simplify their finances so that they can focus on better serving the professional development needs of their members.
  • Support the Society as it grows, evolves, and continues to set the standards in our industry.

Please consider me for treasurer because I am:

  • Hard working
  • Highly organized
  • Experienced as a chapter treasurer (5 years)
  • Comfortable working in diverse communities and remote teams
  • Invested in balancing the needs of communities and the Society to provide the best possible outcome for both

STC and STC members have great potential. I believe I can help bring the two parties together through more effective communication methods. My attention to detail and organizational skills will assist the Society and its members.

If elected Society Treasurer, I will serve honestly and faithfully to the best of my ability.