Women are presidents of 40 of the 50 biggest chapters of PR Society of America including eight of the top ten. The 40 chapters have 180 votes in the Assembly, more than enough to control a body that has about 275 members.
Women also comprise 70% of the current 21,000 members. They’re outnumbered 10-7 on the board by men.
Question: then why do women allow the top four posts at h.q. to be in the hands of men, three of whom are doing awful jobs and who are overpaid (three-quarters of a million dollars yearly?!)
When a PRS executive had to walk the plank last year to cut payroll, it was a woman who was chosen -VP membership marketing Jennifer Ian, a seven-year veteran who made $121K. It took her a year to get a new job.
If the women decide to organize and lead their chapters in the Assembly, they could bring about democratic practices including ending the monopoly the APRs have on the national board and could inject a host of other reforms including placing members at h.q. where they could monitor spending first hand.
Women are presidents of nine of the top ten chapters that have a total of 66 votes in the Assembly. The only male among the top ten is Brian O’Connor of the
L.A. chapter. Among the top 15, there is one other male -- Todd Bailey of Central Ohio.
Brigitte Johnson heads National Capital with 1,300+ members in its area and 14 delegates; Karla Harvill heads Georgia with 900+ and 10 delegates, and Sandra Fathi heads New York with more than 900 members and ten delegates.
Other chapters in the top ten headed by women are Meredith Bagnulo, Colorado, six delegates; Brooke Worden, Minnesota, five delegates; Michelle McCormick, Houston, five delegates, Susan Ferraro, Detroit, four delegates, and Kathryn Reith, Puget Sound, four delegates.
A leader could be Sande Smith, San Francisco president, who is director of communications of the Women’s Foundation of California, a politically active organization that “makes change happen.”
We have documented our complaints about the performances of Bill “Blackball” Murray, who carries the title of “president” but does not act presidential; VPPR Art Yann whose PR practices are at the caveman level, and CFO Phil Bonaventura, whose financial reports are either late or lacking.
The fourth highest-paid PRS executive, VP-development John Robinson ($140K), we have no quarrel with.
Bonaventura, for instance, posted on Aug. 5 the Q2 report only it was hidden in the first half report. This is a cheap accounting trick.
The gambit concealed the fact that an operating profit of $157,685 in Q1 was wiped out in Q2 by a loss that totaled $312,797 resulting in a first half operating loss of $155,112. Members should not have to do the arithmetic.