This entry is being posted on behalf of Robert Perry, candidate for Director in the 2016 STC election. More information about Robert can be found on his STC election page.
My name is Robert Perry and I am honored to be running as a candidate for the position of Director on the STC Board in the upcoming election.
I am currently a Senior Technical Writer at SAS Institute and an Instructor with Duke University’s Technical Communication program. I have been a member of STC for over 20 years and have served in a variety of leadership roles in both the Carolina and New York Metro chapters. Last year I served as President of the Carolina Chapter when it received the Community of the Year award, and I am honored to be receiving a Distinguished Chapter Service Award and Associate Fellow this year.
Throughout my career and personal life, I have encountered and worked with very diverse and varied teams. Although differing opinions may ensue, we all have a common goal and a good leader can bring those disparate parts together to obtain that goal. Often in that leadership role, I have the ability to communicate and work with each team member, obtain the information I need, and produce results that mirrors each person’s contribution to the final product. Diversity brings about new and challenging ideas that others might not have thought of, often resulting in a better, more realized outcome. As a leader of such groups, I have been able to provide direction, structure, and focus. As a Director, I want to ensure we continue to identify and meet the needs of current members, as well as identify ways to connect with new members and grow both the profession and the Society.
I consider STC to be an important and pivotal asset of my career and I would like to be a part of its continued growth in numbers and respect in the industry. As Education Liaison for the Carolina Chapter I find myself speaking regularly with various education and other groups on the benefits of STC membership. As President last year, I was in constant communication with the other leaders in the Society and found that both informative and rejuvenating. I definitely have the leadership and communication skills to serve as a communication link between the Board of Directors and the members, communities, committees, and programs to which I am assigned.
The ideal Board member is someone who is passionate about the Society and the industry and has committed themselves to its continued growth and prosperity. Such an individual has to be willing to give of themselves, their time, and their energy to ensure the expansion and success of the organization and its members. I am that individual and would appreciate your vote to ensure we continue promoting and advancing the work of technical communicators and our industry.
I would be grateful for your support.