2022 National Council Election

National Council is Triangle’s all-volunteer board of directors consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, six alumni Councilmen, one active Councilman, and the Past President.  The Secretary, Treasurer, and Active Councilman positions are appointed annually.  The President and Vice President are elected for one-year terms and three Councilmen are elected each year for two-year terms.

Below are the nominated candidate’s biographies.  Once you feel comfortable placing your vote you may do so by completing and submitting the form below.  If you would like to vote via paper ballot, please contact Triangle Fraternity Headquarters at (317) 837-9640 or via email to hq@triangle.org

Online voting closes May 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Nominated for President | John Cottage ps04

Employer:  CDI, LLC
Occupation:  Specializing in WAN, Data Center and Network Security Design
Goals for Triangle: 1) Increased focus on membership growth in existing chapters; 2) Ensure each chapter has appropriate mentorship board/group; 3) Foster warm start groups into chapters; 4) Strive to financial stability and affordability.

John C. Cottage Jr. joined the Penn State Chapter of Triangle Fraternity in the Fall of 2003 and was initiated in the Spring of 2004. While at Penn State John served as the Undergrad President in 2007 leading the chapter in its celebration of the Centennial. He also has served as President of the Penn State Alumni Chapter.

After leaving Penn State, John created a web development company with another brother from the chapter. In 2009 John took a job working for a regional high school doing desktop support and systems administration.

In 2011 John transitioned into the role of Network Administrator for the Bergen County School District and in 2013 was promoted to Network Architect.  In 2017 John joined the IT consulting firm CDI, LLC where he specializes in WAN, Data Center and Network Security design.

John has served the last year as Vice President of Triangle and Chairman of the Standards Committee.  He has served on National Council since 2016.

Nominated for Vice President | Ryan Sunyak tol10

Employer:  General Electric
Goals for Triangle: 1.  Ensure that the priorities of our membership are engrained in the strategic plan, annual work plan, and council initiatives. Deliverables for the term include input into the staff work plan so that the required baseline data collection is accomplished, constituent discussions on fraternity experience/expectations/value, and parsing the results of feedback to develop a representative voice for each constituent group.  The end objective is to better understand what each constituent group defines as success measures and the critical questions asked of each so that strategy, work plans, and initiatives can be weighed against it.

2.  Use the position to improve council engagement and throughput. I believe that the most direct method for engagement on this type of board is active committees.  So, I plan to collaborate with the President so that I can take a more active role in improving committee management while he focuses more time on strategic direction.  This alleviates the current issue with many committees that little management occurs outside of council meetings so inaction lingers.  Deliverables for the term are ensuring that all committees have goals, rosters, and recurring meetings with set agendas.

3.  Initiate a value analysis for NIC membership options with council and immediate fraternity family during this term. This is a necessity so that a future membership decision can be grounded in logic and an intentional choice rather than a reaction to negative emotion in the changing fraternal landscape.  The deliverable for this term is (1) development of a plan or decision tree with staff to assess NIC membership at critical milestones, (2) continued discussion with similarly positioned fraternities, (3) execution of targeted discussions with key active and alumni audiences to assess the temperature of the membership on this subject.

Nominated for Councilman (2 yr. term) | Kevin Fong ucla84

Kevin Fong was initiated into Triangle at the UCLA Chapter in 1984 and served as Active Organization President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer before graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering. In 1994, he created Triangle Fraternity’s first web page and was also appointed National Historian, a position he continues to hold today. He previously served on National Council from 1997 to 2016, including 15 years as National Secretary. He received the Triangle Service Key in 2003.

Kevin hopes to use his experience and skills to serve as a knowledge resource for the Triangle family, help keep the leadership accountable to the membership, and offer illumination to chapters and members on their individual journeys. He is proud to show by his presence that Triangle welcomes and supports its members who are part of the LGBTQ community.

He lives in New York City and works as a Systems Administrator for Omnicom Health Group, a marketing and communications agency.

Nominated for Councilman (2 yr. term) | Bob Goehring is76

Education:  Iowa State University, BSCE 1978, MSCE 1981 Co-Major in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.  Rollins College – The Crummer Graduate School of Business, 1989 (The Management Program)

Employer:  ECS Southeast, LLP

Occupation/Position:  Consulting Engineer, Chief Engineer, Executive Vice President

Goals for Triangle:  Serve on the National Council and help anyway I can to support the active chapters and enhance brotherhood within the alumni.  Through recent experience as a chapter adviser for the GA Tech Colony and extensive experience leading both for-profit business groups and various non-profit groups I hope to offer a slightly different perspective and add value.

Nominated for Councilman (2 yr. term) | Brad Keller neb69

Brad Keller was born in rural Nebraska in 1950 and grew up on a farm 60 miles south of Lincoln. He enrolled at the University of Nebraska in 1968 and became a brother of the Nebraska Triangle Chapter in 1969, where he held the offices of secretary and rush chairman before graduating in 1972 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

He started his career at Boeing in Wichita, but after two years took a job with the Omaha electric utility designing mods at their nuclear power plant. He spent most of his career in nuclear power at 8 different power plants. Between 1996 and 2004 he worked in several jobs in the automotive industry near Toledo, Ohio. Brad has held Professional Engineer Licenses in 4 states and retired in 2014 to live in Beatrice, Nebraska, 40 miles south of Lincoln.

As an alumnus, he has been very involved in Triangle since 1977. His first Convention was at Purdue in 1977 and he has missed only two since. He has been on the alumni boards of three chapters: Nebraska, Toledo and Akron and served as a National Councilman in 1979-81 and again in 1992-94.

Between 2005 and 2007 he wrote the Centennial History of Triangle Fraternity, a 240-page book given to the chapters in 2008. That same year he became the 59th recipient of the Triangle Service Key. He is currently the Alumni Treasurer of the Nebraska Chapter and is leading the re-start of the chapter.

Online Ballot for 2022 Council Election

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The Triangle Building & Housing Corporation’s Leadership Team is an all-volunteer board of directors, consisting of a chairman, secretary/treasurer, assistant secretary, and two directors. Members of the Fraternity also have the opportunity to elect a Director for the Triangle Building & Housing Corporation. Director terms last for five years. This year the elected Director would begin his term July 1, 2022. The five-year term would conclude June 30, 2027.

Nominated for Director | Shawn G. Diedtrich minn90

Shawn Diedtrich has served for five years as a Trustee of the Building Loan Fund and a co-founding Director of the Triangle Building and Housing Corporation. He has been a Field Consultant and served as a Councilman for Triangle Fraternity. Initiated at University of Minnesota, he served in various undergraduate chapter positions, including President twice. He was served as Minnesota’s Alumni Board President responsible for three undergraduate chapter houses. He wants to continue serving the new TBHC organization by assisting to expand its house management services and chapter property holdings, where appropriate.

Shawn Diedtrich is an attorney and owns his own law firm, Prudens Law, focusing on intellectual property counseling, patent portfolio monetization, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and litigation strategy. His experience spans the financial services, software, telecommunications, chemical, education, health and publishing industries.

He served as General Counsel to LPL Licensing, where he concentrated on portfolio development and monetization, licensing and litigation strategy. From 2005-2007, he was an associate at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. concentrating on intellectual property protection strategies, patent prosecution, and litigation support. Shawn also has extensive experience in trademark and domain name management for large corporations.

Shawn received a J.D. and LL.M. of Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2004. He received an M.B.A and a B.S in 1995 and 1999, respectively, from the University of Minnesota. From 1995-2001, he worked as a web programmer, and later a senior manager and strategic management consultant for Fortune 500 financial service institutions. He is licensed to practice in Arizona and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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