Andy Hudak Shares His Story
Andy Hudak, TransAmerica Financial Advisors
Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Andy Hudak, Investment Advisor Representative for TransAmerica Financial Advisors, was one of the thirty. He offers an interesting perspective on the course because he already sits on a couple of boards in the Toledo area, including the EPIC Advisory Council. We had the opportunity to catch up with him and capture his thoughts on the success of the program. From personal revelations to implementing new organizational policies, Andy took what he learned and made the most of it.
AH: Many ways, but I will give you one tangible thing:
We have developed a binder for the Ballet Theatre of Toledo board based on best practices learned from the Board Accelerator Series. This resource will be VERY IMPORTANT for 2 reasons: Board Recruitment AND Board Performance! One of the hardest things about board service is nailing down just exactly WHAT you are supposed to do and HOW you can make an impact. This binder will clearly outline both of those things for board members.
AH: It's okay to have high expectations of a board and an organization. Just because it's a non-profit organization doesn't mean your standards aren't high.
EPIC: Have you felt in some way that you are exploring a deeper commitment, or are there things that you’ve discovered about yourself?
AH: I need to REDUCE my involvement with some aspects of my life/ step aside and let others lead in other situations, and to take on a larger role in another.
EPIC: Do you agree with the sense that this course is shifting the non-profit operation within the Toledo community?
AH: Absolutely. This course teaches that our community should WANT strong non-profit organizations led by young professionals. More importantly, it stresses that it's up to the organizations THEMSELVES to BE STRONG!
EPIC: Are there any takeaways from this course that you’ve found relevant in other areas of your life?
AH: Absolutely...there is so much carryover to my business (having a strategic plan, understanding roles, finances, understanding people, etc.). It is common sense once you learn about it, but running a non-profit should be very similar to running a business in many ways.
EPIC: With the first course just wrapping up, people are already noticing this course and the impact that it’s had on the community. What has that looked like for you?
AH: It's given me a chance to build and strengthen relationships with people I wouldn't have known...and to introduce people to the organizations I serve!
Thank you Andy for taking the time to share your experience and insight on the Board Member Accelerator Series. It is so important that young professionals take the opportunity to lead and appreciate it when the opportunity arises.
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