by Rich Maggiani, STC fellow and director-at-large candidate
STC as the Global Leader for Technical Communicators
STC needs board members who are experienced in the field, who understand our profession and the contribution we make to the world, who recognize the role that STC plays in representing and promoting our profession, who understand the services that STC must provide for our membership, and who can see how STC must be the global leader for us. This is my vision for STC and one that I will enthusiastically pursue as your director-at-large.
I care deeply about STC
I have been an STC member for more than 12 years. I have held a volunteer position in every one of those years, beginning with being a cofounder of the Vermont chapter and leading to my current role of leader of the public relations committee (which has 18 international members). Last month, I was honored to become an STC fellow in recognition of my work as a marketing and technical communicator.
My profession is technical communication
I have been practicing that profession for well over 20 years. In my work, I constantly focus on promoting technical communication as a profession and technical communicators as professionals who create unending value.
Experienced with STC board matters
I have been doing STC board-related work for over three years now. Three consecutive board presidents have appointed me: one year as assistant to the president for competitions and two years as public relations leader (my current position), during which time, my committee has been breaking new ground in researching and promoting technical communication and technical communicators around the world.
Experienced as a board director
I am experienced with boards of directors. I have been board president of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) after sitting on that board for four years. VBSR is a state-wide business organization. As board president, I directed a transition from a tactical to a strategic board. I have also been board president for two years for a food cooperative in New York after having sat on that board the two previous years.
For over 16 years, I owned and operated a full-service marketing and technical communication agency. Currently, I am running Solari Communication, a company dedicated to applying technical communication to help clients increase sales and profitability. As a business owner, I understand how STC as an organization must operate to be successful, and I understand the inner workings of technical communication and how to successfully market and promote our profession.
I currently teach technical communication to undergraduate students at Champlain College in Vermont. Previously, I taught business writing and communication skills to graduate students at Saint Michael’s College. I am certified to teach secondary education to adult learners. I have also presented numerous sessions on communication topics to STC local, regional, and international conferences and to other organizational conferences.
“The Society needs dedicated members like Rich representing it.” —Dr Thomas Barker: STC Fellow and Director of Technical Communication at Texas Tech University.