Nowlin, Flinn, Hawks elected to SABR Board of Directors in 2014

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research have elected three incumbents to the organization’s Board of Directors and approved two revisions to the By-Laws.

Bill Nowlin was re-elected as SABR’s Vice President in an unopposed race, receiving 751 of 763 first-preference votes.

This will be Nowlin’s sixth term as Vice President; he has served on the Board since 2004. In 2011, Nowlin was named as recipient of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor. He has specialized in Red Sox research since he turned to writing and research in the late 1990s and has published about 30 books and several hundred articles, almost all of which are Red Sox-related. He is one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America’s most successful independent record labels. He has traveled widely, visiting more than 125 countries to date, and has recently returned to academia (he taught college for 12 years), offering an online course on “Baseball and Politics” at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

F.X. Flinn was re-elected as SABR’s Treasurer in an unopposed race, receiving 738 of 748 first-preference votes.

Flinn is the senior member of the SABR Board, first elected as Treasurer in 2001. In 1990, he started Expert Systems Development Corp, an IT consulting firm specializing in data warehousing, knowledge management and process development. After graduating from Cornell University in 1975, he worked in the trade book publishing industry for Doubleday and Bantam. In 1981 he became involved with the Rotisserie League founders and in 1984 published the first book on fantasy sports, Rotisserie League Baseball. Flinn comes from a large extended family, and while he and his wife have no children, they enjoy doting on more than a score of nieces and nephews. They live in Quechee, Vermont.

Emily Hawks was elected as a SABR Director, receiving 413 of 761 first-preference votes. Mike Dugan was the runner-up, receiving 105 first-preference votes, while Chris Dial finished third with 103 votes. George Skornickel (74 votes) and Bryan Soderholm-Difatte (58 votes) were also candidates for the position.

Hawks was appointed to the SABR Board in October 2013 after the resignation of Paul Hirsch. A SABR member since 2008, she is an Assistant Vice President in the Analytics unit of Guy Carpenter and Co., LLC. In her role, she utilizes statistical models to quantify levels of risk for her clients, usually insurance companies, and consults with them on their business growth strategies. Hawks is also pursuing a Master’s in Computational Finance and Risk Management in the Applied Math department at the University of Washington. As an active member of the SABR Northwest Chapter, Hawks has been a regular attendee at SABR’s National Conventions, Analytics Conference and Arizona Fall League Conference. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

In addition, two By-Laws revisions were approved by SABR members. A proposed revision to Sections 2.1/2.2, regarding membership affiliations and the privileges of membership, was passed with 717 of 796 votes (90.1%). A proposed revision to Section 4.2, regarding Board of Directors compensation, was passed with 748 of 799 votes (93.6%).

Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Mort Bloomberg, Michael Craig, and Chuck Mackey for certifying the results on May 22 at the SABR office.

The 2014 SABR elections featured online voting for the fifth consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 823 votes were received, constituting about 13.97 percent of the membership.

SABR members can find complete 2014 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

A historical list of SABR’s Board of Directors can be found by clicking here. Past voting totals can be found here.

Originally published: May 23, 2014. Last Updated: May 23, 2014.