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Are you a potential national officer? A brief review of the requirements will encourage you. The national officer experiences the ultimate appreciation of Business Professionals of America membership, and chapter members will experience greater involvement through their officer member. Candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements and personal qualifications.
National Officer Candidate Handbook
Electronic Candidate Form
Business Professionals of America Fact Sheet
National Officer Candidate Grievance Contact Information Form
Advisors play an important role in the work of a national officer. The partnership that is essential between advisor and national officer is pivotal to success in every activity.
If you're serious about running for national office, you'll need the National Election Procedures Handbook. This booklet will provide the details you will need to know about running for office. It contains obligations for both the advisor and the candidate, comments from former national officers, and election rules and regulations. The local advisor and prospective national officer should be familiar with the general regulations that govern the nominations and election of national officers. Therefore, it is imperative that you check with your state advisor for state eligibility guidelines on becoming a national officer candidate representing your state. The responsibility for selecting a national officer candidate is vested in the state association. Only members that meet the following criteria are eligible to be candidates for national office:
Prior to NLCCandidate 100 word statements, answers to specific questions, and optional videos will be posted on the BPA website the Monday before NLC. Once the items are posted on the website and the link given is sent outover the official National BPA’s social media platforms, the candidate can announce their candidacy on social media platforms.
The Policy & Procedures Rule, which states that Head Voting Delegates must attend the Candidate/Head Voting Delegate Briefing Meeting, will be strictly enforced. States not complying will lose all of their votes.
Candidate/Head Voting Delegate Briefing Meetings for Secondary and Post-secondary Divisions
Date: Wednesday, May 10Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pmLocation: Walt Disney World Dolphin: Northern Hemisphere Salon E3
This meeting is for all Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Head Voting Delegates. All National Officer Candidates must be present for this meeting. Ribbons and campaign information will be distributed during this meeting. General Voting Delegates are invited, but not required to attend. Immediately following the meeting candidates will take the Merit Test.
Candidates will be introduced at the opening session and can immediately begin distributing business cards. Only the candidate and the campaign manager can campaign prior to the rally and may only distribute standard business cards.
Speeches will be given at divisional business meetings. There will be a Campaign Rally during which materials for each National Officer Candidate will be distributed to delegates. Only the candidate and the campaign manager are allowed to campaign. (All campaign materials must be distributed only in the room designated for the Campaign Rally and only during the specified time period except for the business cards by the candidate.)
If needed, based on the number of candidates, a primary election will be held by secret ballot during the Campaign Rally at the time specified in the program. Every student member attending NLC will have an opportunity to cast a ballot during the primary election.
There will be no nominations from the floor. Any violation of the rules will be brought before the NLC Rules Committee. All grievances must be filed using the Grievance Form and following the proper Grievance Policy Guidelines. Any damage charges by the hotel resulting from inappropriate campaigning will be charged to the candidate’s state association.
Schedules will be distributed prior to the State Caucuses. The top 10 candidates for each division will have an opportunity to caucus.
The primary election results will be pro-rated based on the number of voting delegates allocated to each state association which is determined by memberships submitted to the National Center by Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Only designated voting delegates will cast votes in the general election and transact all other business.
Offices will be filled by the six (6) candidates receiving the highest majority votes for the Secondary Division and the four (4) candidates receiving the highest majority votes for the Post-secondary Division. Once the six (6) Secondary officers and the four (4) Post-secondary officers have been elected, a placement committee will slate the officers in a specific office position. Candidates will be interviewed by this committee before placement. Members of the committee will include two (2) Board Members, National Officer Coordinator, Executive Director, one (1) former National Officer, and one (1) Alumni Member.
Secondary Division Voting Delegates
The number of Secondary Voting Delegates is determined by granting each State Association five (5) votes plus additional votes, based on their paid student memberships received in the National Center Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Membership dues received after Wednesday, February 15, if postmarked prior to February 15, and if mailed first class, shall qualify for the February 15 deadline. Additional votes will be determined by multiplying the state student membership total by a factor of .003 and rounding to the nearest whole number.
Post-secondary Division Voting Delegates
The number of Post-secondary Voting Delegates is determined by granting each State Association three (3) votes plus additional votes, based on their paid student memberships received in the National Center Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Membership dues received after February 15, if postmarked prior to February 15, and if mailed first class, shall qualify for the February 15 deadline. Additional votes will be determined by multiplying the state student membership total by a factor of .008and rounding to the nearest whole number.