AKC BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS
The Annual Meeting of the AKC Delegates took place on March 10,
2009. There were eight candidates running for four positions.
Results for Board Of
Directors Class of 2013:
Lee Arnold, Carl
C. Ashby, III, Alan Kalter, and Dr. Robert D. Smith Elected.
Board selected Nominating Committee put forth
Lee Arnold, Alan Kalter,
John Neilsen, and
Running from the floor were
Carl Ashby, Dr. Fred Bock,
Judi Daniels, and
More details on all candidates available
The four Directors elected by the Delegates are: Lee Arnold,
Delegate from the Southern Colorado Kennel Club; Carl C. Ashby,
Delegate from the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club, Inc;
Alan Kalter, Delegate from the American Bullmastiff
Association; and Dr. Robert D. Smith, Delegate from the Memphis
Kennel Club. Term limits took effect for the first time this year
so there were no incumbent candidates.
In addition, Ronald H. Menaker was re-elected as Chairman
of the Board and
Dr. Thomas M. Davies was elected as the new Vice Chairman of the
Board at a meeting of the AKC Board of Directors, convened after the
Ronald H. Menaker, AKC Delegate for the Rockford-Freeport
Illinois Kennel Club, has been the Chairman since 2002.
Menaker has been an active participant in the sport of purebred dogs for
nearly 40 years. He bred and exhibited Giant Schnauzers and has
also shown Bedlington Terriers and Norfolk Terriers. He became a
licensed AKC judge in 1994, approved to judge Best in Show, all Working
breeds, all Sporting breeds and several Terrier breeds.
Menaker is a retired Managing Director and Head of Corporate
Services of J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated of New York, and a past
President and Director of J. P. Morgan Services, Inc. He is also the
Vice Chairman and past Chairman of New York Downtown Hospital. Menaker
resides in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey with his wife Kathy.
Dr. Thomas M. Davies, Vice Chairman, AKC Delegate
for the Springfield Kennel Club, was first elected to the Board in 2000
and has served on the Public Relations, Events and Clubs, and the
Breeders Committees. Most recently, he chaired the Group Realignment
He has been active in purebred dogs since 1967. Dr. Davies had
significant influence on the Bearded Collie even before its official
recognition by the AKC, serving as club president. In the mid-80’s, Dr.
Davies and his wife became deeply involved in Siberian Huskies and
Belgian Sheepdogs. He is approved for Bearded Collies, Old English
Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies and eleven herding breeds. Dr. Davies
retired from the Bayer Corporation after more than thirty years.
He currently resides in Brimfield, Massachusetts with his wife Roberta.
Lee Arnold of Bedminster, NJ entered the dog world in
1984. He and his wife breed and exhibit Chinese Shar-Pei and have
produced champions and Best in Show winners. Chairman of the Chinese
Shar-Pei Charitable Trust since 1995, Mr. Arnold has raised over
$250,000 for research on diseases affecting the breed. He joined the
Board of the AKC/CHF in 1997, and currently serves as vice-chairman.
A graduate of Emerson College and a recipient of a Masters
Degree in Communication Arts from Boston University, Mr. Arnold has
worked in broadcasting as an on-air personality, music director, program
director and news anchor. For the past ten years, he has commentated on
ESPN and Animal Planet dog shows.
Carl C. Ashby III of Greensboro, NC became involved in
the sport in 1971 through obedience but he and his wife quickly
developed interest in the conformation ring, purchasing a Kerry Blue
Terrier in 1972. Since then, they have bred and exhibited Best in Show
winners, specialty winners and 25 champions. He has been Delegate
for the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club, Inc. since the late
1980s. As past chairperson of the United States Kerry Blue Terrier
Charitable Fund, Mr. Ashby helped to raise $50,000 dedicated to health
and future of the breed.
Mr. Ashby worked for AT&T for 27 years, ultimately becoming
President of Custom Manufacturing Services, one of only 23 business
units in the company. He is currently employed as president and majority
owner of Ann Crittenden, Inc., which owns and operates a chain of
Hallmark Gold Crown Card stores.
Alan Kalter of Ann Arbor, MI has been an active breeder
and exhibitor of Bullmastiffs for over 20 years. Under the
HappyLegs prefix, he has produced 140 champions, including Best in Show
and Specialty winners, and five generations of Group winners.
Mr. Kalter has served as Delegate for the American Bullmastiff
Association, is a founding board member of the AKC Political Action
Committee and a member of the committee responsible for evaluating
recipients of legislative donations. As the owner and CEO of
Doner, a multinational, multibillion dollar advertising agency, Mr.
Kalter has contributed pro bono marketing to the AKC, originating the
"We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion." tagline. He
has also developed communications campaigns for the Morris Animal
Foundation, including the Canine Cancer Campaign.
Dr. Robert D. Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA has beenin
the sport for 47 years, primarily as a breeder/owner/handler of American
Foxhounds. Elected to the AKC Board for the first time in 1997, he
served for five years, proposed creation of the Registered Handlers and
the Breeders Education Program.
He has held every office and most committee positions in kennel
clubs in several states. Currently, he serves as the delegate from the
Memphis Kennel Club.
Approved to judge in 1969, Dr. Smith became an all-breed judge
in 1996. He presided over Best in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National
Championship in December 2008. Professionally, Dr. Smith ran highly
successful small business programs for the states of Mississippi and
Virginia, retiring in 1996.
Ex Officio: Dennis B.
Class of 2010
Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia
Delegate, GSD Club of America
Dr. William R. Newman
Delegate, Mastiff Club of America
Delegate, Back Mountain KC
Class of 2011
Dr. Patricia Haines
Delegate, Cincinnati KC
Delegate, GSP Club of America
Delegate, DFA of Oregon
Class of 2012
Dr. Thomas M. Davies
Delegate, Springfield KC
Walter F. Goodman
Delegate, Skye Terrier Club of Am.
Ronald H. Menaker
Delegate, Rockford-Freeport Illinois KC
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