Showsight December 2017

Lines From Linda: Candid Candidates Part II Lines From Linda: Candid Candidates Part II


by Linda Ayers Turner Knorr continued

1) Please share your background in pure- bred dogs including breeding, and events. I became a member of The Atlanta Kennel Club in 1989 shortly after I purchased my first Rottweiler. I am proud to be a Life Member. I have personally shown in confor- mation and obedience. I have bred Rottweil- ers and Boxers. ANNWALLIN

Professional experience: Graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. • Head nurse for a medical /surgical unit overseeing 24 employees and the care of patients in a 28 bed unit. Opened the open heart unit in in the same facility. Then promoted to the staff in the In Serv- ice Education Department. My responsi- bilities were to conduct the orientation of newly hired nursing staff and to teach ed- ucational courses providing on going edu- cation for the nursing staff.

2) Please share your participation and lead- ership experience in dog organizations as

well as your involvement as a Delegate (length of service, committee membership, etc.) I have been an active member of The Atlanta Kennel Club for 28 consecutive years. • I have served as Corresponding Secretary, President, Assis- tant Show Chairman • I have served on the Board of Directors for over 25 years and currently serve in that position. • I have served as Delegate for 17 years and currently serve in that position. • Serve as chair and member of the Audit and Finance Com- mittee • Current Board member of the Atlanta Kennel Club Founda- tion • Oversee and manage the Insurance for the Club liability as well as the DNO insurance. • I was instrumental in forming the Peach Blossom Cluster in 1990 and have served on the Cluster committee since in- ception to date. • I have served on the Fall Cluster Committee for 25 years • I remain active in all aspects of putting on our All-Breed Shows and Obedience Trials. • I have served on The All-Breed Clubs Committee for 14 years as the Chair for 13 years and served on the Coordi- nating Committee for 13 years. • Original member of the task force for the AKC/AKC Re- unite Disaster Trailer Committee • Elected to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Directors of the AKC in July 2017. • Past chair of Pets Are Loving Support , an Atlanta based nonprofit whose mission is to provide assistance with pet food, veterinary care, grooming and pet care for those in- dividuals living with a terminal illness, so as to enable them to keep their beloved pets when they need them the most. 3) Please share any leadership experience in other non-dog activities that will prepare you for Board service. Served on the Vestry of Holy Innocents Church which is the second largest parish in the Diocese. The Vestry is an elected position that serves as the legal representative of the church to select the rector, and to manage the resources and finances of the church.

• Pharmaceutical sales rep managing my own territory of 240 accounts including doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. Here I developed strong marketing and sales skills, and critical general business skills needed to run a successful territory. • Successful real estate career for 15 years. As an independ- ent contractor I mastered the skills needed to run on own company within a company. I learned how to deal with all types of personalities in stressful and complicated situa- tions, developed good negotiation skills and have become an expert in contract preparation. I have consistently met outstanding production levels in my company. I hold the designations of Luxury Home Specialist, Accredited Reloca- tion Specialist, Senior Marketing Consultant, and Phoenix Award winner from the Atlanta Association of Realtors, hav- ing achieved multi-million dollar sales volume for over 10 years. • I will bring with me strong business skills, strong personal skills and significant experienced in our sport and in the Delegate body that will enable me to be a valuable mem- ber of the Board of The American Kennel Club. 5) What role should AKC play in the years ahead and do you believe AKC is on track to accomplish it? The American Ken- nel Club must be true to our mission statement and continue to support our clubs and breeders in every way possible to be viable and successful. We also must continue to focus on ini- tiatives that will keep us relevant in today’s world. I have 3 key words that I believe define what AKC must con- tinue to do in order to ensure our continued success: ENGAGE-EXPERIENCE-EDUCATE All of our marketing efforts and our website need to: ENGAGE more dog owners to hear our message and look to us as the expert on all things dogs. Then EXPERIENCE the wonderful world AKC has to offer. We now offer so many ways for dog owners to have a great time with their dogs. Then we can EDUCATE our broader audience on why they need to choose a pure bred dog, how to be a responsible dog owner, how to choose the right dog for their family, how to get more involved in our sport, just to name a few. In particular we must focus on initiatives to make the pure bred dog the first choice the pubic seeks when selecting a dog to bring home.

4) Please share significant highlights of your professional ca- reer and how they will complement your AKC Board service.


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