Candidate for TCA President
Dear Texas Chess Association Friends,
I am pleased to announce that I seek election to the Office of the TCA President. I believe that I am uniquely qualified for that position and, if so chosen, I endeavor to work tirelessly to contribute to the development and support of chess in Texas. As a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4) with over 23 years of active service to this great Nation, I understand the meaning of teamwork and working with fellow leaders for the betterment of the organization. As a chess dad of a very successful player and as chess club organizer, I know what it takes to support and encourage chess players. And, as a leader, manager and executive at all chess levels, I know what it takes to get things done.
Chess related positions:
- US Chess National Tournament Director
- FIDE International Arbiter, Category A (the only USA arbiter to achieve the top arbiter category in FIDE)
- FIDE International Organizer
- Florida Chess Association President, 2004 – 2005 (Resigned position due to permanent relocation to Texas)
- US Chess Director of Events, June 2014 to December 2017
- US Chess Executive Director (Interim), June 2013 – October 2013
- Former member of the US Chess Scholastic Committee, US Chess Tournament Director Certification Committee (TDCC) and the FIDE Events Committee
- FIDE Zonal President for USA, October 2010 to August 2016
- FIDE Zonal President for USA, January 2019 to Present
- US Chess representative at FIDE Congresses in Krakow (Poland), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), Tromso (Norway) and Abu Dhabi (UAE). US Chess Representative accompanying and supporting players at International events (Durban, South Africa and Santiago, Chile). On behalf of US Chess and the Belize Chess Federation, traveled to Belize, Central America in 2009 to train their chess tournament directors and organizers.
- 2002 and 2003 Florida Brevard County School District Award (For contributions to the scholastic community while organizing scholastic chess programs)
- 2009 US Chess Tournament Director of the Year
- 2018 US Chess Frank J. Marshall Award
- 2019 US Chess Distinguished Service Award
Chief Tournament Director, Chief Arbiter and Organizer Experience:
- Chief TD of many club, county, regional level and many norm events.