CFRE International is governed by a Board of Directors of eleven, including ten certificants and one public member. The Board strives to be representative and embrace diversity in the broadest sense. CFRE utilizes a slate of candidates for voting purposes, rather than a general election, to ensure that such a small board mirrors the certificant population and the full bloom of its diversity, as best possible, and to protect against any one group overly influencing board makeup through sheer voting size. The candidate slate is the result of an open nomination period followed by the vetting of nominees by the CFRE International Committee on Directorship, who determine the final slate of candidates.
This year the CFRE Committee on Directorship, chaired by Leo Orland, FFIA, CFRE, had the task of selecting a slate of four candidates, with two currently sitting members of the Board of Directors eligible for inclusion on the slate. After careful consideration, the Committee on Directorship determined that the exemplary service provided to CFRE International by Ferris and Gilbert following their appointment last year to fill partial terms warranted their inclusion on the slate for election to a first full term of service. Martin and Papenfus were selected for the slate following the careful review of nominations from the CFRE community and interviews with the Committee on Directorship.
The slate of Ferris, Gilbert, Martin and Papenfus was elected by a 98% majority of current CFRE certificants who cast their ballots in the election closing 31 July 2015.