Thursday, February 3, 2011

Board Member of the Month: Jim Broadlick, Vulcan Inc.

Every first Thursday of the month, RTS will be posting a new blog series- Board Member of the Month- that will include an interview with a Board of Directors member.  We think it's important that the community gets to know who we are here at RTS!

For our first post, we would like to highlight our newest Board Member, Jim Broadlick, Director of Design and Construction at Vulcan Inc.  Jim joined the RTS Board of Directors on January 14th, and the RTS Board and Staff is very excited about Jim's commitment.

“RTS is thrilled to have Jim join our Board," said RTS Director, Margie Thirlby.  "In addition to many years of personal and professional experience in the (home) building industry, Jim shows a great understanding of the RTS mission and works well with our clients and volunteers.  Jim will be a great asset to the Site Preview Team, our programs, and in helping RTS develop new relationships in the Seattle community.”

RTS asked Jim a few questions about his involvement:

How did you first get involved with RTS?

I had the opportunity to work with RTS on a project at the Cascade Peoples Center last summer. It was a collaborative effort between CPC, RTS and Vulcan. CPC provided the opportunity, RTS the framework and guidance and Vulcan provided the materials & labor. We divided the project into two phases. The first was performed by the skilled craftsman working at the new Vulcan developments in SLU. Our contractors were very generous in donating materials and labor to renovate the kitchen, re-caulk the exterior glazing, re-grade runoff away from the building and install a new gravel path. All for this work was completed over a 3 week period leading up to a volunteer day when Vulcan employees could come in on a Saturday and make their contribution to the community center. Eighteen volunteers working with RTS and staff from CPC cleared away brush, built paths, worked on landscaping and painted inside the building. I was very impressed with the way the folks from RTS engaged the community and provided an avenue for our company to make a positive and tangible contribution to the community.

What do you enjoy most about being a board member for RTS?

I’m looking forward to working with a board that has such a diverse background. I expect to find differing views on how to promote and strengthen the position of RTS in the community increase its ability to serve the community and engage volunteers. I look forward finding ways to contribute.

What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?

The RTS mission is very tangible. It would be hard not to empathize with the people that benefit from the work RTS makes possible. Increasing the number of individuals that have access to RTS services and growing the volunteer base, individual and corporate, would be my primary hope for the organization.

Doing some pre-project warm ups at the Cascade People's Center!

Getting down to business!

Please join us in welcoming Jim on board!! (no pun intended ;)

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