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Four Join VSDA Board of Directors

18 Jun, 2003 By: Hive News

The election concluded June 16 to decide on four new directors of the national board of the Video Software Dealers Association is finished.

The new directors are Katherine Slocum, Video Place, Gilbert, Iowa; Mark Vrieling, Rain City Video, Seattle, Wash.; Tom Warren, Video Hut, Fayetteville, N.C.; and Todd Zaganiacz, Video Zone, South Deerfield, Mass.

While Slocum and Zaganiacz are new to the board, Vrieling served from 1995 to 2001 and was chairman from 1998 to 2000. Warren -- who has chaired the board for the past three years -- will be serving his fourth term, having previously served from 1991 to 1997 before returning to the board in 2000.

A total of five candidates vied for four open seats on the VSDA national board. The other candidate seeking election was Ray Jewell, The Movie Directory/Mister Video, Athens, Tenn.

“The board congratulates Kathy, Mark, Tom and Todd on their election,” said board secretary Martha Vance Sims. “They bring a great variety of knowledge and experience, and we look forward to their contributions to the board's work on behalf of our industry.”

An independent retailer since 1986, Slocum owns five video/tanning stores in Iowa. She is serving her fifth term as the VSDA's Heartland chapter president. Slocum has been a member of the VSDA's Education, Government Affairs, and Growth committees and the Independent Retailer Council, and chairs the Scholarship committee.

Vrieling is the founder and owner of Rain City Video, a three-store chain in Seattle, and ScreenPlay, which provides in-store video previews for retailers. In addition to his prior service on the VSDA national board, he served 14 years on the Seattle VSDA board, including two terms as its president.

Warren, owner of the 10-store Video Hut chain in North Carolina, has been a video retailer for 20 years. He has chaired VSDA's Membership and Chapter Development committees and served on the Election Review, Government Affairs and Convention committees. Warren helped create the Houston chapter of the VSDA and served as president of the North Carolina chapter.

Zaganiacz opened The Video Zone in 1995. In 1998, he co-founded the New England Buying Group and has been president of the group since then. In 2000, Zaganiacz became a member of the New England VSDA board, on which he continues to serve. In 2001, he was appointed to the East Coast Video Show's Planning and Preparation committee. In 2003, he is chairing the Windows committee for VSDA. In 1990, Zaganiacz began his career in the industry as a manager for Trans World Entertainment's Saturday Matinee stores.

Terms for each of the individuals elected will be three years, to commence following the meeting of the board of directors' next month. The meeting is scheduled for July 28-29, in conjunction with VSDA's Home Entertainment 2003, which will be held July 29-31 at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

To be eligible for election to the board, an individual must be a sole or majority owner, general partner, or full-time employee of a dues-current “Regular Member” company of the VSDA. To qualify for the election, candidates submitted no fewer than ten letters of nomination from members. Printed ballots and candidate information were mailed to all dues-paid VSDA Regular Members in mid-May. All valid completed ballots received by Grant Thornton LLP, the VSDA-retained independent accounting firm, by June 16 were counted.

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