HBA August 22 General Membership Meeting Will Feature Political Analyst Chip Felkel

HBA August 22 General Membership Meeting Will Feature Political Analyst Chip Felkel

Chip Felkel

Your HBA of Greenville General Membership Meeting on August 23, 2012, will feature political analysis and strategist Hollis “Chip” Felkel.

  • What: HBA of Greenville General Membership Meeting
  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: TD Convention Center
  • Speaker: Chip Felkel, Political Strategist and Analyst
  • Sponsor:
  • Fee: $14 for members, $21 for nonmembers
Felkel will discuss the current political landscape and offer his analysis of the November General Election.
About Chip Felkel:

Chip Felkel is Founder and CEO of the Felkel Group, a Greenville-based political  public affairs firm that specializes in strategic communications, media relations, and political strategy.  Felkel is a veteran public affairs strategist, media relations expert and advocacy innovator with over two decades of experience in the State and National arenas. He also serves as a political analyst for WYFF (NBC).

Felkel’s extensive political resume includes roles with Campbell for Governor, the South Carolina Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, as well as the 1988 Bush-Quayle Campaign (Executive Director – Georgia), DeMint 2002 Congressional Re-elect (campaign manager) and in strategic and communications roles with Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004.

Over the last decade, Felkel has served as a trusted advisor, navigator and connector to senior decision-makers at all levels of business and government providing a frank objective perspective on political and policy issues, on communications challenges and business development projects. Those years of experience and his passion for getting people more involved in the public policy process led Felkel, along with FG’s COO Brian Aufmuth, to found The RAP Index®, a revolutionary public affairs survey tool that uncovers an organization’s best stakeholder assets.

In the media, Felkel’s willingness to “tell it like it is” has made him a highly valued source for both “on” and “off the record” commentary. Felkel’s viewpoint has been sought by those in both the print and electronic media, and his commentary has appeared on NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates, as well as in The State (Columbia), the Greenville News, the Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charleston Post & Courier, Charlotte Observer and the New York Times. He has also been quoted extensively internationally in the London Daily Telegraph and in O Estatdo de Sao Paulo. Today, along with the rest of his team at FG, he offers insight to a growing number of loyal readers with the Political Entrepreneur blog and is currently developing a book, Political Golf™, a businessman’s guide to effective engagement in the political and policy arena. Felkel’s expertise and insight has also been sought by law firms, associations and corporations as a speaker for staff retreats, training seminars, and annual meetings.

Along with his corporate work, Chip Felkel currently posts a regular blog Front Porch Views which offers social commentary on events of the day. Felkel has served as an instructor for Leadership Greenville and presently serves as a board member for the History Museum of UpCountry South Carolina and on the Partnership Board for the University of South Carolina’s Department of Political Science. Chip lives in Simpsonville, SC, with his wife Shonna and their children, Ethan and Addison.

Federal Home Loan Bank Chief Business Officer will Speak at January Membership Meeting

Federal Home Loan Bank Chief Business Officer will Speak at January Membership Meeting

Make plans to attend the January Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon.  Our speaker will be Robert F. Dozier, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta.

  • Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon
  • Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.
  • TD Convention Center
  • Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Speaker: Robert F. Dozier, Jr., Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta
Dozier will discuss trends in banking, particularly as they impact residential construction and development.  Also on the agenda will be the installation of our 2012 Board of Directors and announcement and recognition of our 2011 Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year.

Click here to register for the January Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon at HBAofGreenville.com.

Robert Dozier oversees FHLBank Atlanta’s Member Sales and Trading, Community Investment Services, Corporate Communications, and Government and Industry Relations functions.  Prior to joining FHLBank Atlanta in 2011, Dozier was president and chief operating officer for Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises (HME), a subsidiary of CoastalStates Bank, where he began as a loan officer in 1992. Dozier also served on the board of directors for CoastalSouth Bancshares, the holding company of CoastalStates Bank, and the board of directors for FHLBank Atlanta from 2002 to 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of South Carolina.

HBA Slate of Officers and Directors

Your HBA of Greenville Annual Meeting is November 11. Among the business of the meeting is the election of officers and directors for 2011.

The Nominating Committee recommends for your consideration this slate of officers and directors:

  • President (2011): Wayne Moore, Harold Moore Builder
  • President Elect (2011): Hal Dillard, H. Dillard Co., Inc.
  • Vice President (2011): Robert Markel, GMR, Hadrian Construction Co., Inc.
  • Treasurer (2011-2013): Chuck Childress, BB&T
  • Secretary (2011-2013): Coleman Shouse, Lazarus-Shouse Communities
  • Associate Vice President (2011): Scott Presley, Greer State Bank
  • Immediate Past President (2011): Thomas Dillard, CGP, Dillard-Jones Builders
  • President’s Appointee (2011): Richard Powers, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Associate Director (2011-2013): Larry Hazenfield, ProBuild
  • Associate Director (2011-2012): Lou Hutchings, GBS Lumber
  • Builder Director (2011-2013): Hardy Peters, Reedy Construction, LLC
  • Builder Director (2011-2013): Chris Bailey, Stoneledge Properties
  • Builder Director (2011-2012): Alan Boone, Advanced Renovations, LLC
  • Builder Director (2011-2012): Mike Freeman, Freewood Builders
  • Builder Director (2011): Brad Thompson, CMB, 1st Choice Custom Homes

In addition, the following directors will continue to serve in 2011:

  • Associate Director (2011-2012): Michael Cox, Home Builders Insurance
  • Associate Director (2011-2012): Jim Blume, First Savers Bank
  • Associate Director (2011): Tom Ward, Home Team Pest Defense
  • Associate Director (2011): Eric Hedrick, Cornerstone Contractors
  • Builder Director (2011): Dan Rawls, Dan Rawls Co.

Click here to register for the Annual Membership Meeting and Associate Appreciation.

HBA Bylaws Amendment Proposed

Your HBA of Greenville Bylaws Committee has recommended three amendments to the association’s Bylaws. The amendments are:

Amendment 1, add to the end of Article XIII (Voting, Proxies, and Quorums) of the Bylaws a new section:

The President may conduct meetings of the Board of Directors by electronic means. Electronic means includes telephone conference call, internet-based video conference, fax, or email. Actions taken in meetings held by electronic means shall have the same effect as a meeting with the Board of Directors physically assembled and meeting in a common location.

Meetings conducted by electronic means are limited to one topic, must meet the notice requirements of Article VII, Section 4 of these Bylaws, and may not take the place of regularly-scheduled meetings. The quorum requirements of the Bylaws also must be followed.

Business conducted according to this Section will be recorded in minutes of the meeting and presented to the Board of Directors by the Secretary for the approval of the Board of Directors. When taking a vote by electronic means, the President must poll all board members with voting privileges.

When meeting by conference call or internet-based video conference, the meeting will be conducted in the same manner as a meeting in which the members are physically assembled.

When email or fax is used to take a vote, the President must establish a deadline for responding to the request for vote and the deadline must be at least five (5) days following transmittal of the business to the voting members of the Board of Directors. The deadline to vote must be included in the request for a vote. Any votes received after the deadline will not be counted. Response to the request for vote must be either “yes”, “no” or “I desire a discussion”. If three members of the Board of Directors request discussion of the topic, the special meeting will be declared adjourned by the President and the matter must be added to the agenda of the next meeting of the Board of Directors. Members casting their vote when requested by email or fax may respond in the following manner: by email, fax, telephone, or in person at the association’s office. All votes will be collected by the Executive Vice President. After the deadline for the vote has passed, the Executive Vice President will report the results of the voting to the Secretary, who will approve the results and report them to the Board of Directors.

This section also applies to any standing committee, Council Board of Trustees, or committee or task force properly formed by the Board of Directors.

RATIONALE: State law requires that the bylaws allow for meeting and voting by electronic means in order for meetings and votes to be held electronically. This amendment will satisfy state law and allow the Board of Directors and committees to meet by conference call as well as allow for voting on non-controversial matters by electronic ballot.

Amendment 2, Add to the end of Article X (Board of Directors), Section 5, of the Bylaws:

If an Officer or Director has missed consecutive meetings of either the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee, the Officer or Director is ineligible to vote until he or she has attended one meeting without voting privileges of the governing body at which he or she has missed consecutive meetings.

RATIONALE: The bylaws are proposed to be strengthened the voting rights of a member of the Board of Directors who has missed two meetings in a row. The Bylaws Committee believes that consistency of attendance is important to good association governance and this amendment will encourage directors to consistently attend meetings of the Board of Directors.

Amendment 3, Amend Article X (Board of Directors), Sec. 7., of the Bylaws as follows:

(a) Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held each month quarterly and may meet at other times when a meeting is called in compliance with Section 7.b. of this Article. The President may cancel meetings of the Board of Directors when there is a lack of business to conduct. However, the Board of Directors must meet at least ten (10) four (4) times in a year and may not fail to meet for two four consecutive months.

RATIONALE: This amendment will allow the Board of Directors to meet less frequently while still fully addressing the association’s business. The Board of Directors would like to meet quarterly for regular business and will meet at least two additional times during the year for strategic planning and orientation. This change is consistent with best practice for association boards of directors and is intended to be more efficient with the time of volunteers and staff.

The Bylaws amendments will be considered at the association’s Annual Membership Meeting on November 11. To register for the Annual Meeting, click here.

General Membership Meeting and Election Forum

General Membership Meeting and Election Forum

It is an election year and the Governor, County Council, and House of Representatives are up for election in November. Your Home Builders Association has invited the candidates and elected officials from these various offices to attend our General Membership Meeting and share with you how they will make our county, city, and state better.

August 19, 2010, 11:30 a.m.
Greenville Hilton

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the candidates personally and educate yourself about them before you vote.

For information about tabletop sponsorships, contact your HBA office at sbyrd@hbaofgreenville.com.

Click here to register for the General Membership Meeting and Election Forum.