Candidate for Membership Vice President: Chris Crawford

Chris Crawford

Candidate for Membership Vice President

Livonia Jaycees

Nominating Chapter

1st Livonia Jaycees

2nd Redford Jaycees

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?
I am a Financial Advisor for Fidelity Investments. Some of my responsibilities include: Planning; Problem Solving; Collaborating with clients and team members; Managing my team and book of business; and, Recruiting new clients and engaging previously unengaged clients. What I love most about my career is that every client and every day is different. I have over 300 households and each one has different needs.

What do you consider to be your three biggest assets?
My three biggest assets are my passion for humanity, my problem-solving skills and my tenacity. I genuinely believe that service to humanity is the best work of life. I want everyone to win, and I am passionate about getting people the resources to succeed in life. Problem solving is critical for any leadership role. Tenacity is extremely important especially when things get tough.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important role of the Membership Vice President is to engage the membership. I will be your biggest cheerleader and partner. My job is to discover what our members are passionate about and provide them the support and resources to make their dreams come true!

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
One idea is to establish a formal Jaycee Mentorship Program, in which we engage our current membership. This will be of particular importance for our younger members, so that we can groom the next generation of leaders. I also have ideas around recruitment. I am proposing strategic partnerships with organizations that have cultures that are different than our own. Whether these organizations are of different ethnicities or nationalities, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

What do you think is the greatest need of the organization right now?
The greatest need I see for our organization is for us to get younger. If we do not get younger as an organization and help mentor these young people to be successful leaders within this organization, we may be without an organization in the next five to ten years as a significant amount of our organization is aging out.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
I was inspired to run for Membership VP after I made some non-traditional changes to the way we approached membership in my year as Chapter President in Livonia. Not only did we, as a chapter, finish at growth, most importantly, we changed our culture and now have a significantly larger number of active and engaged Jaycees. We have continued the momentum by recruiting even more active and engaged members this year, during this pandemic. People join people. When we are doing great things and show value, we do not need to beg people to join our organization -- they will ask us how they can be a part of what we are doing.

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