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Q. You are also on the CSDS Board of Regents (BoR). Why
did you join this NAID Committee?
A. In September of 2012 I was nominated by someone I met at
a NAID conference to be a member of the inaugural BoR.
At the time I was 32 years old, full of confidence, and very
busy building a records management company. I had some
reservations about NAID.
I wondered if NAID was possibly unnecessary in the market, and
simply an overhead cost for my business. Previously (before my
career pivot), I had no experience with associations. I swallowed
my pride and got involved with an honest feeling of gratitude
for the invite.
What I very quickly realized was how much the association
helps our industry. I also saw clear improvements within my
organization. I had benchmarks and standards, and all this
helped me communicate with employees, prospects and
Q. What is the goal of the BOR and why is it important for
our association – our industry?
A. A Regent is an “old” word used to describe one similar to a
medieval knight whose mission and purpose is to serve and
protect. The BoR’s charter and mission is to protect, grow,
and enhance the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist
Organizations become NAID AAA Certified to show their
excellence. The CSDS accreditation is an individual recognition
and you do you not have to be employed by a shred company to
have it. Anyone who wants to be a true subject matter expert
can obtain the accreditation.
In our work as a BoR we have helped NAID CEO Bob Johnson
get his textbook from an idea to an industry “best seller.” We’re
enhancing training and test prep materials, and working to
expose academia and our customers to the best practices of
Using the analogy of a tree’s growth cycle, the seeds have been
planted, the sapling protected, and we have a very beautiful
and small tree that is taking root and growing taller.
Q. You are the President of Shred Northwest out of
Portland, Oregon. Aside from being a CSDS and serving
on the CSDS Speaker’s Bureau and the BOR, you are also
on the NAID Board of Directors. Why are you involved in
all of these things?
A. Haha... this is a funny question to me. I am probably so involved
because I lack the willpower to say “NO”!
Look, I am so unbelievably busy in my life and trust me, with 4
to 5 hours of sleep at night I can be exhausted and get behind
on some items of my to-do list. I am happy to say that with very
minimal TV habits and no time wasted by video “gaming”, and
with great employees, associates, friends and family, I manage
to stay fit, happily married, raise three amazing sons, keep my
spirituality grounded and centered, and also build a business,
while serving in NAID.
I’ll be ready to hand over the reins to others as time marches
forward, but for now I show up and do my best to collaborate
and contribute in order to serve NAID members. Lastly, I
feel fortunate to have learned, by accident mostly, to have a
friendship circle that represents people NOT necessarily like
me. Often I have found that by serving and volunteering you
meet people who are older than you, younger than you, have
different work patterns than you, are those you would never
have hired, or could never have afforded to hire, who have
incredible life experiences, talent and wisdom that rubs off. This
alone is worth the investment to serve. Don’t get me wrong,
these are just regular people, but people like Steve Richards,
Cory Tomczyk, Joe Harford, and many others have really made
a great impact. I’ve learned and continue to learn how to run
meetings in different ways, how to participate in a council
and board setting, and how to communicate better in a better
fashion, where your voice is heard and considered on merit, not
simply necessarily due to positional authority.