PAUL TRUONG

        April Chess Life:

I have twenty years of experience in senior management, marketing and PR, specializing in branding, customer retention, advertising and innovative promotion.

Iíve been in chess for 37 years. I'm a Life Master and FIDE Master with numerous national championship titles. My other chess experiences include co-authoring best-selling chess books, coaching national scholastic and Olympiad champions, organizing many high profile chess events, being an award-winning chess journalist and photographer. I was also the captain/business manager of our historic 2004 Silver Medalist U.S. Womenís Olympiad Team.

In electing me, you're choosing a uniquely qualified business professional with a passion for chess, who will relentlessly restore credibility, integrity, efficiency and professionalism to the USCF. I'll work diligently with other board members to achieve sound and balanced budgets, create innovative and effective marketing programs, increase revenues, promote memberships in all categories and build a positive chess image.

Thank you for your support!


        May Chess Life: 

Dear friends and colleagues,

This is an absolutely critical election for the USCF. It's also one of the most unique elections ever. Why? Because you, the members, have the power to set this federation on the right course for the next four years! You, the members, are in the position to take back control of our beloved federation.

What has happened to the USCF in recent years? Well, it hasn't been great at all! Every time the USCF took a step forward, it also took two steps backward. There was little sense of pride. There was little sense of responsibility. There was little attempt to positively promote chess or the USCF. There was little sense of urgency.

However, there were plenty of internal political wars. There were plenty of horrific business and financial blunders. There was plenty of frivolous spending for political reasons. There was plenty of dishonesty and unprofessionalism.

Some believe that if it ain't broken, why fix it? I would say something is broken when we're losing money year after year. There's hardly any room left for errors. As each day went by, this federation fell further behind. With massive overheads, shrinking revenues and outdated technology, we're doomed to fail again.

Every year is a new excuse. Every year is a new finger-pointing game. The executive director and his staff weren't allowed to do their jobs because some board members wanted to micromanage them. We wasted so much time, money and resources dealing with nonsense by chess politicians instead of focusing on improving many needed areas.

What are some of my areas of expertise? What can I bring to the table?

I spent the last 5+ years volunteering my full time to positively promote chess in the U.S., especially for the Susan Polgar Foundation. I was able to secure more publicity and media coverage for all the events that I was involved with than the entire USCF. I helped create countless headline-news chess events.

The Susan Polgar Foundation awarded approximately $400,000 in scholarships and chess prizes in the last few years. We did it with virtually a zero budget. I proved that we don't have to spend tens and thousands of dollars to positively and correctly promote our game. We just need to know how to do it and have the passion and diligence to follow through.

I can bring my unique expertise in marketing, promotion, management and public relations, areas that the USCF sorely needs. When doubters said that the US Women's Olympiad Training Program would not work, I spent two years without pay to help the team as their captain, manager and personal coach. We came home with an unprecedented four medals (two Gold and two Silver), first ever in U.S. history.

I can help restore the much-needed integrity, credibility and professionalism back to the USCF. If you're happy with the status quo then I'm not the right person. If you want success and accountability, then I can make a big difference immediately. Thank you!
    

        June Chess Life:

Dear friends and colleagues,

What has happened to the USCF in recent years? Well, it has not been good at all! There was little sense of pride. There was little sense of financial responsibility. There was little sense of professionalism. There was little sense of urgency. There was little attempt to positively promote chess or the USCF.

However, there were plenty of internal political wars. There were plenty of horrific business and financial blunders. There was plenty of frivolous spending. There was plenty of dishonesty and unprofessionalism. There were plenty of unethical conducts. There were plenty of violations of the Standards of Conduct for the USCF Executive Board.

Some believe that if it ainít broken, why fix it? I would say something is broken when we keep on losing money and sponsors. The USCF lost money again last year! Thereís hardly any room left for errors. As each day went by, this federation fell further behind. With massive overheads, shrinking revenues and lack of strong leadership, weíre doomed to fail again.

Every year is a new excuse. Every year is a new finger-pointing game. This federation wasted so much time, money and resources dealing with nonsense by chess politicians instead of focusing on improving many needed areas. If we keep on electing the same people, how can we expect different results?

What are some of my many areas of expertise? What can I bring to the USCF? I have twenty years of leadership experience in senior management, marketing and PR, specializing in branding, customer retention, and innovative promotion, areas that the USCF sorely needs immediately.

While others were busy playing politics, I spent the last 5+ years volunteering my full time to positively promote chess in the US. I was able to secure more publicity and media coverage for all the events that I was involved with than the entire USCF. I helped create countless headline news chess events.

The Susan Polgar Foundation awarded approximately $400,000 in scholarships and chess prizes in the last few years. It was done with a micro budget. I proved that we do not have to spend tens and thousands of dollars to positively and correctly promote chess. We just need to know how to do it and have the passion and diligence to follow through. I can help do the same for the USCF.

In electing me, youíre choosing a uniquely qualified and highly successful business professional with a passion for chess, who will relentlessly restore credibility, integrity, efficiency and professionalism to the USCF. I'll work diligently with other board members to achieve sound and balanced budgets, create innovative and effective marketing programs, increase revenues, promote memberships in all categories and build a positive chess image.

This is an absolutely critical election for the USCF. This federation cannot afford to fail again. You, the members, have the power to set this federation on the right course for the next 4 years! Together, we can fix the USCF! Thank you for your support!


Editor's comment: Please see the editor's comment for Susan Polgar.  Paul Truong is part of the Polgar slate, and a very close associate of Polgar.  His campaign statements are similar to Susan's and make various attacks on USCF without providing evidence.  Actually, Paul's campaign as even worse than Susan's.  While Susan complains without giving examples of "bad decisions," Paul calls them "horrific." Never in the history of USCF elections can I recall candidates who were so emphatic about attacking what they did not like, while at the same time not telling the readers of Chess Life what it is they are attacking!    

While Susan complains of "too little focus on positive chess promotion in the United States," Paul goes further and says, "There was little attempt to positively promote chess or the USCF." He is in effect saying that an improved Chess Life, website, and Chess Life for Kids do not even represent an ATTEMPT to promote chess or the USCF.  Incredible!

And to claim that those in USCF leadership have little sense of pride, financial responsibility, professionalism... this is a totally unwarranted attack on some hard working people, employees and volunteers alike, who have brought the Federation back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2003, improved our publications in 2006, and helped bring about the membership boom of 9/06-3/07, the second strongest seven month period in the entire history of USCF.

Susan and Paul both use the same phrase, "We're losing money year after year." This is misleading as USCF lost money in the seven fiscal years 1997-2003 but had a large surplus in 2004 and 2005, a loss in 2006 due only to prior period adjustments, and 2007 is still in progress.

Paul seems to be well qualified at publicity and media relations, however in reply to requests on the USCF Issues Forum to document his "twenty years of leadership in senior management, marketing and PR," he has declined.

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