The That's Amore Stable blog features Frank Vespe interviewing Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board member Larry Johnson who addresses the challenges he's faced. Johnson has obtained enough signatures to call a special meeting of the membership of the MTHA. The meeting, to be held April 30, will look at a possible bylaw change that would allow members to elect the president and vice-president rather than have them appointed by the board of directors.
In the interview itself, Johnson talks about the issues that caused him to propose the bylaw changes. He talks about the lack of vision for the future and the lack of reception to change brought by new people or new ideas.
When discussing a deal proposed by Frank Stronach, Johnson says the reaction was: “I was almost hooted out of the room. One board member told me, 'We've heard enough of your yapping.' I was described as naive, a dupe, and that it was typical Stronach union-busting by seeking out the weakest member of the group.”
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