Each of the candidates for the upcoming STC election were invited to submit a blog post to STC’s Notebook in support of their candidacy. Below is the post submitted by Paul Mueller, candidate for Vice President. Click on his name to take you to his election page, or visit the main STC election page for information about all candidates.
Did you know that STC elections are often very close? Several recent elections were decided by fewer than 5 votes. Your vote is important in selecting the leaders who will help shape the future direction of our professional organization, and I would like to encourage each and every STC member to vote. Voting in the 2013 STC election begins 11 March and ends 22 March at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4).
I would like to serve the Society as the Vice President and I am asking for your vote. I am grateful for all that STC has provided to help me throughout my career, and now I would like to lend my leadership and business experience to help STC continue to serve our industry and shape future leaders.
I have benefitted greatly from the connections and friendships that STC has helped me establish. Through many design and technology discussions, debates, and learning opportunities, I became a better technical communicator. As colleagues, we challenge each other to find better ways to solve problems, and then to share those ideas and solutions. I love this exchange of knowledge and ideas, and STC helps all of us by providing these opportunities.
Over the past six months, I have presented topics at meetings and workshops in North Carolina, Florida, and Texas. The members of these active communities are incredible and they inspire me to learn more and be the best I can be. I have also worked with several SIGs this past year and I am impressed to see how these communities share their knowledge and experience.
When members of these communities share their ideas, debate various approaches, and help each other find new solutions, our industry as a whole becomes stronger. These communities, combined with the many educational offerings organized by STC, bring a vast amount of knowledge to the technical communication industry.
Technical communication continues to be a fast-paced, growing field. As new generations enter the field and existing generations find new ways to meet changing demands, we need the Society to grow and develop with these changing needs. My STC experience will help me understand the way we have done things in the past as we identify ways to support our communities, members, and industry for the future. I believe I can help provide the leadership we need to strengthen the Society, promote the profession, and deliver valuable services in a cost-effective manner. I also believe I can bring a diverse group of people together and help build consensus to move forward.
I have enjoyed serving STC in many local and international roles. I have served as a Director on the STC Board, as the chair of several task forces, and in many Summit leadership positions including the Summit Conference Chair for 2012 and 2013. If you would like more information about me and what I hope to contribute to the leadership of STC, please visit my election website and my section of the STC election website.
Thank you for being an important part of our professional community and I look forward to seeing many of you in Atlanta at the 2013 Summit.