Announcement of Candidacy for MGDU President - Nick Whitney

October 12, 2010

MCB News Wire

by Nick Whitney

Greetings MGDU Members and Friends:

I Nick Whitney, (with guide Cherub a 6 year old yellow lab) announce my candidacy for President of MGDU. For those of you that don't know me let me take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I was born in St. Louis, and graduated from the Missouri School for the blind. I lived in St. Louis until 1985 when I moved to Florida for employment. This is where I started my career in transportation management. In 1990, I became the first blind Certified Transit Manager in the country. I was a general manager in a countywide system for 12 years, and general manager in Charleston SC for 3 years. In 2004, I returned to Missouri to start my own business. I currently
own Show-Me Distributors a company that sells products for the blind, in Jefferson City.

Why would I like to be President of MGDU? As a blind person, I have been a long time advocate for the rights of the blind, and guide dog users. I believe in MGDU and the MCB and want to help lead MGDU. With my experience as a blind person, in business and ADA certification, and many years working with the blind community, I feel confident I can help move MGDU forward. I currently serve as President of the Capitol City Council of the Blind in Jefferson City, which is scheduled to become a new affiliate for MCB at convention. I have held offices in other organizations. I am a member of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Speakers Bureau and a member of the Lions. I was president of the Lions club when I was in Florida. I have worked on legislative issues, fundraising, and public relations, for professional and non-profit organizations.

What are some things I would like MGDU to work on in the upcoming term?
* Build a team and all work together
* Look at current legislation and decide if we need to improve current laws for guide dogs and users
* Have more than one meeting a year maybe using conference calls
* Be positive and promote the use of guide dogs by having events and speaking engagements
* Develop literature for MGDU

We can work on these things and I am sure members have other good ideas.

If you would like to discuss any issues with me or have questions for me please feel free to contact me at 573-893-8888, or by email at

I look forward to working with all of you. See you at convention.