Mike Zissler is currently at the tail end of a national members' roadshow ahead of the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 28 in Canberra.
At the AGM, API members will vote on a motion to facilitate a modernisation of the organisation. Speaking at the Hobart leg of the roadshow, Mr Zissler encouraged all eligible members to read the documentation available, consider the motion and vote.
"The CMS report found that our members want a more transparent organisation. All our documents are now available online to read," Mr Zissler said.
“The reports from Change Management Systems and Ernst & Young are available. Members will also find Executive Summaries, Explanatory Notes, question and answers, blogs and videos on our 2015 AGM information page. We are doing everything we can to ensure that the membership is fully informed about the history and need for change."
The online proxy voting process is currently live, and will close May 25 at 4pm. Members should have received an email from CorpVote with appropriate details.
Mr Zissler is hoping the majority of members will vote before the AGM.
“A good 6000 of our 8000 members are eligible to vote. I hope at least 3000 of them will say yes or no,” Mr Zissler said.
“We want members to vote. This is a members' organisation and I won’t be happy if 100 members vote. I want three, four or five thousand to vote. If we only get 100 members voting it doesn’t reflect well on API’s ambition to be a strong and authoritative voice for the valuation and property services industry.
"We want members to care enough about their professional industry association to have their say about its future and vote."
To lodge a proxy vote online, members need their voter access code which was sent to them by CorpVote, the independent firm managing the proxy vote, and their membership number. Members can find their membership number on their latest renewal notice or by contacting the API.