SIPOA 2020 Election – Board of Directors Candidate – John Kinne

Candidate for the SIPOA Board of Directors –
John Kinne

My wife Lisa and I bought a cottage in Tarpon Pond, one of the regime associations on Seabrook Island, in 2007 as a secondary home.  In December, 2017 we moved to Tarpon Pond full time. For 8 of these years I served on the Board of the Tarpon Pond POA as Vice President. 


Notable accomplishments included:

  • Cancelling the existing policy of POA-controlled painting of all the regime cottages and returning control to homeowners; expanding the range of color standards with a clear set of rules / guidelines as to frequency and paint quality
  • Commissioning an audit resulting in the establishment and funding of ~$60k of unrestricted reserves with a total reserve balances of over $100k
  • Working closely with SIPOA and SIC to improve serious, and worsening, drainage and flooding problems
  • Landscape moves to sustainable plantings with an island “character” and to mulch from pine straw for water conservation
  • In-depth review and revision of Standards 

In late 2018 we bought our current single-family home on Loblolly Lane and sold our cottage.  As of July 31st, 2019 I am fully retired.

Professional career highlights included: 

  • Sales / marketing / business management / executive management
    • as a Global VP at Atotech Corporation I was responsible for business / product strategy
    • as VP, Americas for Atotech I had full P&L responsibility for Atotech’s operating companies in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina
  • Over many years I was involved with different Industry Trade Associations – serving as committee member, committee chairman, Board member, Vice President and President
    • While serving as President of MFSA I was part of a 12 person “Executive Committee” charged with developing a plan to merge three separate industry Trade Associations (MFSA, NAMF and AESF) into one new Association (NASF)
        • I served as Vice President of NASF for the first 4 years of its existence
        • In 2008 I was the sole recipient of the NASF’s lifetime achievement award

These experiences, all requiring effective management of large numbers of people and cooperative action with Board Member peers and committees will enable me to make positive contributions to the residents of Seabrook Island.

My number one priority for SI relates to existing, and worsening, drainage and flooding.  Current efforts, now in the study stage, need to be concluded and recommendations acted upon diligently.  With increasingly active storm seasons we need to focus on the safety of SI residents, to aftermath clean-up, and to infrastructure maintenance and improvement.  I also believe that SI property values are sub-optimal – we need to understand how our property values are moving in relation to comparable communities and the reasons why.

We love SI and I would like to invest my time / energy / skills to improvement.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee