You're Invited to "Meet the Candidates"

Posted March 10, 2017 at 2:24 PM, Filed Under: Front Page, News, NRC Email

On Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., the NRC will hold its annual "Meet the Candidates" event at The Brandermill Church, when three candidates vying for two seats on the BCA Board will be presented to meeting attendees.

At the meeting, attendees will be given index cards on which they may write their questions to be asked of the candidates as a group. Be sure to mentally formulate your specific questions beforehand.

Using a townhall format, NRC Second Vice Chair Sean Rodgers will read the questions to the candidates who will each have equal-time to respond. At the conclusion of the questions, each candidate will be given two minutes to summarize his/her platform.

This is YOUR opportunity to ask specific questions and to learn where each candidate stands on issues impacting our community.

Participating candidates (in alphabetical order) and their statements of "what they would like to accomplish as a member of the BCA Board of Directors" follows:

Frances Hillman Greg Pearson Brandon Rumancik
Biographical Sketch
A resident of Brandermill since 1980, Hillman lives in Huntgate Woods with her husband Al.

Employment
Dale Memorial Park, Family Service Counselor, 2 years

Previous Employment
Express Employment, Staffing Counselor, 1 year; System 4, Sales, 1.5 years; Coverall of Virginia, Sales, 9 years; Curtis 1000, Inc., Administrative Manager, 25 years.

Education
Virginia Commonwealth University, Certificate in Management, 1980; Sander Sales Institute, President’s Club 2007.

Community Service and Memberships
BCA Board of Directors 2010-2017, Neighborhood Residents Council, 3 years; Journey Christian Church member.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
BCA Board of Directors, 7 years; 3 years as Treasurer. Neighborhood Residents Council, 3 years, Secretary 2 years, Chair, 1 year. Treasurer of 2 different churches, 14 years combined service. Administrative Manager of a $7MM division of a national company, 25 years. Sales consultant in 4 industries, total 16 years.

Reasons for Running
“I am excited about the future of Brandermill and the younger families moving in. I want to continue looking for the best solutions to move the community forward.”

Community Interest
“My major areas of interest are: listen and be receptive to new ideas; implement policies and procedures to increase property values; develop best solutions for pool management; and provide leadership to find new amenities helping maintain Brandermill’s premier status.”
Biographical Sketch
A resident of McTyres Cove in Brandermill since 1978.

Employment
Local News LLC (Chesterfield Observer) Owner/Publisher, 19 years, now retired.

Previous Employment
Owner/President of Media Buying Associates, 8 years; Senior VP of Marketing and Advertising for S&K Famous Brands, 7 years; VP/GM of Capital Broadcasting (XL-102/WRNL radio stations), 6 years.

Education
BA degree from DePauw University. Captain in U.S. Air Force, 5 years.

Community Service and Memberships
First VP of Brandermill Board for past three years. Chaired committees on Abandoned Properties, BCA GM Search and Covenant Enforcement. Vice Chair of BCA Properties Committee and board liaison to BCA Communications and Marketing Committee. Formerly a member of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce and a board member. Previously a member of the Chesterfield Business Council, Midlothian Business Alliance and Virginia Press Association. BCA Neighborhood Residents Council, 1990s. Village Mill Review Committee, 1995.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
Have owned and managed my own businesses from 1990-2014 (previously ran businesses for other companies). Sold The Chesterfield Observer, Chesterfield Monthly, Henrico Monthly and office building in 2014 to retire. Have hands-on experience in business management, marketing and communications. Have personal relationships with four of the county supervisors, most of the school board members and planning commissioners. Also know many county department heads, including the police chief, sheriff, commonwealth attorney, county attorney and planning director. Have a personal relationship with the Delegate Kirk Cox, who is currently the majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates and is expected to assume the speakership of the House later this year. Friends with Delegate Lee Ware, who represents the district that includes Brandermill.

Reasons for Running
“As the BCA Board’s First VP for the past three years, I have participated actively in the leadership role of our association. While we have made good progress during that time, including hiring a very capable new GM, Brandermill faces new challenges. My experience in management and knowledge gained of BCA issues during the past three years will enable a brighter future for enhancing our property values.”
Biographical Sketch
A resident of Shadow Ridge in Brandermill since 2015.

Employment
Apex MedSurg - Zimmer Biomet Spine, Director of Operations, 2 years; UppCell, LLC., Owner, 1 year; Biomet Spine, Technician, 2 years; K2M, Product Manager, 5 years.

Community Service and Memberships
Served as Big Brother for the Big Brother/Big Sisters program in Frederick, Md. and spent a year mentoring an 8-year-old boy through several life transitions. Created the Brandermill Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group to connect residents within the community. Currently, time is focused on raising a 2-year-old, working full time, assisting wife with her company and preparing to welcome a new baby to our family.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
To be honest, I do not have any experience being on a Board of Directors within a community but I feel that will not hinder my capability in this position. I will bring an open mind, fresh ideas, and welcome others to express their vision for the community. My ultimate goal is to improve Brandermill to the best of my ability by being more proactive, rather than reactive, and make it enjoyable for all who have chosen it as their home.

Reasons for Running
Community Appearance: The maintenance of the entire community is one of my main goals. There is a lot to clean up, freshen up, and implement. First impressions are always important so refreshing the landscaping at all entrances is needed. Drainage ditches need debris removed. Parks/ playgrounds need to be updated. Homes that are not in compliance with Brandermill rules will need to be corrected.

Technology/Communication: I would like to create a BCA sanctioned Facebook group to be able to better communicate with a majority of members who are currently utilizing the other groups. Not everyone can make evening meetings so we need other means of hearing from our residents. The Brandermill website is in need of some updating/cleaning, making it mobile friendly, and possibly allowing for online assessment payments. Less paper and more items handled electronically. Better transparency into how and why decisions are made to proceed or not to proceed with items. I feel Brandermill as a whole needs to begin offering more events for all generations. Whether it is food truck events at the park, street block parties, adult only night events, movie nights at the pool, etc. The possibilities are endless within Brandermill and it brings us all together to connect. I would like to be a part of creating Brandermill’s 5- to 10-year plan for the community. Improvements cannot all happen at once but having a plan created for the future can help secure our property values and overall resident happiness.

Do you dare miss this opportunity to learn more about these candidates and their views? Join us on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m., The Brandermill Church!