Candidate Statement for the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association Board Election
How Your Vote Will Support an Honest Community Organization
My name is Kyle Palmer and I am asking for your vote to be on the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association’s Executive Board. I am an appointed director and belong to the independent committee tasked with investigating the fraud perpetrated within our organization. I am responsible for the preliminary review used in the claim filed against one of our former Treasurers following its discovery by our current President, Treasurer, and the Independent Auditors. I credit my Master’s Degree in Public Administration and twelve years of professional experience in finance, payroll, and data analytics for supporting this effort. If elected, I will ask to become the organization’s next Treasurer.
Despite this most recent financial scandal, my accomplishments within the organization stand on their own in support of my candidacy. Since 2007, I have participated in almost every sport offered by the organization. Soccer teams I have organized and captained have won both national and international tournaments. In August, I will be co-director for the fifth annual Pride on the Pitch soccer tournament which has established a partnership with Chicago Fire F.C. I was also the first to suggest and run an eSports league. Please consider joining our 300+ member eSports community at https://discord.io/CMSAeSports.
My intention within a two-year term is to continue the change in organizational trajectory set by our current board — for which you should thank Lindsay Frounfelkner. She led an executive board that passed a strategic plan, began multiple new sports, weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, and was in unanimous support of each other throughout the 20–21 fiscal year. I believe this board has done its utmost to reverse what I perceive as losses in membership, trust, and diversity.
To accomplish this goal, it is my opinion that CMSA must support all avenues of healthy competition. Whatever that competition may be and wherever it may occur. We must encourage and then welcome new voices to participate in our organization even if they might be…