PODS Association
Board Election Results

PODS conducted the annual election of the board in February-March. The following board members were elected by the membership for three-year terms:

New Board Members
·     Dale Boyett, DCP Midstream
·     Eugene Lam, Boardwalk Pipelines
·     Nikki Waldrop, Enable Midstream
·     Kelly Wrona, Williams

Service Providers
·     Jeff Allen, Esri
·     Jackie Smith, Rosen
Appointed to the board, replacing Brian McCormick, who resigned from ExxonMobil—is Daniel Bally of ExxonMobil. Daniel will be completing Brian’s term.

Election for Officers is conducted at the first board meeting following the election of board members. The following officers were elected:

·      President: Todd Patterson, Buckeye Partners
·      Vice-president: Jackie Smith, Rosen
·      Treasurer: Chad Hultman, ONEOK
·     Secretary: Rick Roberts, Petro IT

PODS Officers meet every two weeks and work through staff recommendations for the organization before bringing decisions to the board. 

 Please join us in welcoming the new board members and officers.

Sponsorship kit - COMING SOON
Upcoming Training Opportunities
The Training & Conference Committee will be rolling out a six-session PODS Basics series in early fall that will culminate just before the conference in the Fall.

More details and registration coming soon!

Welcome Amber Charboneau, Membership and Communications Coordinator
Amber Charboneau has joined PODS Association as the Membership and Communications Coordinator. She comes to PODS with a strong base of experience in marketing and communication, industry background, AND a great sense of fun.
“This is an important time for PODS, with the upcoming release of PODS 7. Outreach is important. We welcome her to the organization.”
- Jackie Smith, (former) PODS President
PODS Testing and Development Program
PODS has launched a Testing and Development Program, providing a comprehensive approach for testing PODS standards and data models in a controlled, specified environment. 
Under this program, some of PODS technical work will be contracted out to a PODS member organization through an RFP process. PODS Association is committed to a transparent, open, and fair process in solicitation, review, and selection of RFP submittals.
It is the PODS Association's intent to contract some technical work required by the Association, as recommended by the Technical Committee on Governance and/or the Board of Directors to accomplish organizational priorities and quicken the pace in data model and standards release. 
PODS first RFP was issued in March for testing the PODS Esri APR data model. Eight proposals were submitted and TRC was the selected organization.
Some pictures from Kathy's latest trip to Houston.

Top left: Kathy Mayo& Dale Boyett (board member & TCG chair) at dinner in Lumberton

Top right: Kathy Mayo, Eugene Lam (board member), & Jackie Smith (board vice-president) at lunch

Bottom left: Amber Charboneau (comms & membership coordinator) at a whiteboard planning session

Bottom right: Kathy Mayo & Dan Palazzolo (former board member) at lunch to celebrate Dan's upcoming retirement