This year there are three scheduled board positions up for election; Vice-President, Treasurer and One Director seat. For the Director seat the single nominee with the most votes will be considered the winner. Listed below are the people nominated to run for those positions.  Since Ed Shemanski has been nominated to run for the VP position, and he is a current BOD member with a year remaining in his existing term, this presents the possibility if he wins the VP position of a second Director position becoming eligible for filling with a new member.  If Ed wins the VP election, he will vacate his current director position.  If Ed does not win the VP position, he will retain his current Director position to complete his existing term.

After the elections are completed, in accordance with the current ByLaws, Ben Purvis, FBA President, will nominate a member to fill Ed’s vacated Director position if Ed wins the VP position.  Ben has committed that the person he nominates will come from the list of candidate who ran for Director but did not win, if there are any candidates remaining that did not win.  If there are no remaining candidates, Ben will accept personal nominations from the membership as candidates to fill the vacated Director position.  The individual Ben nominates must be approved by the BOD before taking office.

About October 24, 2018 a sample ballot will be posted for the membership to review.  Most of the voting will be done online. Those that are not online will be mailed a paper ballot. Actual voting will open on November 24, 2018 and all votes must be in by midnight, November 30, 2018. Terms begin on January 1, 2019.

Send your nominations for Vice-President, Treasurer and Director to the FBA Secretary, Connie Washam ( conniebbq@bellsouth.net) as soon as possible so the membership is fully informed of the slate of candidates.  Nominations close on October 20th.



Ed Shemanski

I am nominating myself to run for the office of Vice President.

In the last year I feel that my fellow Board members and I have accomplished quite a bit but there is still more to do. We have definitely gotten the FBA into a better position, brought in new competitions and started moving forward with new ideas and programs. I feel that I have been one of the driving forces in this progress. By becoming Vice President I feel that I can better serve the membership and be a more effective Board member. There is still a bit of progress and growth needed with our organization and I believe that I can be an integral part of making that happen.

A little bit of my FBA background; I joined the FBA in 2006. I have been a member of the IT Committee for over 3 years. I have been maintaining the TOTY points for over 2 years. I am a Master Judge and a Lead Contest Rep. I also cook with Crooked Lake Smokehouse.

Some of my professional background; I work for the 9th Circuit Court of Florida as the IT Infrastructure Manager and recently celebrated 21 years with them. Before that, I worked for Orange County BCC for 10 years in their IT department managing networks & systems. I have also served on the Lake Conway Water and Navigation Control District Advisory Board for Orange County. Additionally, I served as co-chair of the Lake Eola Charter School IT Committee for a little more than a year.

If anyone has any questions please email me at eshemanski.fba@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration


Shelby Lomen

As many of you know, I am a relative newcomer to the FBA family. I have been involved for about a year and a half, beginning when I unexpectedly inherited a rather large Competition in Kissimmee at the last minute in 2017. I was only successful in that endeavor because of the kindness of so many that helped answer my questions, and it was my first taste of the hospitality of the welcoming FBA family. Your dedication to your sport encouraged me to learn more about it and through that, become more involved. Since then, I have been involved in organizing and assisting with several additional contests, including some inaugural events that I helped bring to fruition, from the Old Town event in Kissimmee to the first-ever sanctioning of the Davenport “Big Belly” contest, to name a few.

I currently work for Kissimmee Main Street, a non-profit, and have a history of work experience with other non-profits in Central Florida. I also previously worked in the corporate world, as a Casting Director for the Walt Disney Company and in positions requiring HR and contract negotiating skills. In addition to my “day job,” I am also a professional photographer, launching one of my favorite endeavors to date, “UThoughtUKnewQ,” a project dedicated to competition BBQ. In shooting for this project, I have worked with many FBA teams, witnessing first hand all of the hard work, money, time, and love that goes into competing.

As a Board Member, I’d like to offer a new set of eyes to our Organization. Being an Organizer and not a Cook Team member, I am still learning about processes and procedures. I continue to constantly ask questions and while I respect the history of the organization, I’d like to work toward developing some of our old ideas into new ideas to adapt to current contest trends. I’m still working to learn as much as I can and just took the Judges Class in Perry.

Moving forward with this election, I think it is important that all aspects of our Competitions are represented on our Board. As an Organizer, I offer a different perspective that I think is both valuable and necessary as we try to grow to be the best group we can be and with my prior work history, I also bring the skills to help this group be a profitable one. I have donated countless hours to the FBA over the past year and am dedicated to helping ensure this organization is as successful as it can be.

Thanks for your time and consideration – Shelby


Matt Barber

I am nominating myself to run for the office of Director.
Matt Barber is the Founder and President of Hot Wachula’s Inc., an all natural gourmet food manufacturer located in central Florida. Matt is also the pitmaster for Hot Wachula’s competition BBQ team and is two time FBA Team of the year.

Matt started his career as a Graphic Designer at a small agency in Spartanburg South Carolina and eventually became Senior Art Director for Publix Super Markets in Lakeland, Florida. He has collaborated with such agencies as WestWayne in Tampa, Florida, Communication Arts in Boulder, Colorado and Hornall Anderson Design Works in Seattle, Washington. His portfolio includes work for Publix Super Markets, Atlanta Bread Company, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Yahoo. Matt has also been involved in public service work for the SPCA of Lakeland, Florida as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, Florida.

Strength, character and ethics need to be the backbone of the FBA and that will be what makes us succeed.

The FBA is a great organization and I feel I represent it well wherever I may be traveling or competing. I feel my background, education and business experience would be a great asset to the FBA board and  I would appreciate your vote for Director at Large. Feel free to talk with me at any contest with any comments or concerns, just not during turn in time, lol.” Matt Barber.

Brian Toung

Narrative to follow.

Allen Pomerleau

I am nominating myself to run for the office of Director.

Allen has been with the FBA as a professional competitive cook team since 2012 and has been a certified judge since 2016. The founder and CEO of GitChewSum Barbecue, LLC, a catering company located in Southwest Florida, Allen is also the pitmaster for competition BBQ team GitChewSum BBQ.

Allen started his career at PGT Industries (formally known as Vinyl Tech) in Venice, Florida. During his 23 year career with PGT, he had the luxury of being able to move around within the company and was tasked with turning around struggling business units. During his journey he became known as the leader who liked to show his appreciation for his team members by cooking for them. This turned into him cooking for the entire company (2,200 strong) on multiple occasions, in hind site this was a pivotal part in the inception of GitChewSum Barbecue, LLC.

In 2012 Allen joined the FBA as a cook team in order to be able to vend at the Suncoast Blues & Brews BBQ Bash in Venice (his hometown). What initially started as an opportunity to make a few bucks as a vender, quickly turned into a friendly bet between a couple local rivalry’s to on all out commitment to the FBA primarily as a competitive cook team. Since 2012, we have competed in 30+ competitions and have not missed one this year. Allen is a straight shooter who values himself on ethics and is determined to be open minded and committed to help drive change for the better.

With my experiences and background I feel that I would be a great addition to the team and would appreciate your vote for Director at Large. Please don’t hesitate to reach out or stop me at any contest or e-mail me at gitchewsumbbq@gmail.com with any questions, suggestions, comments and/or concerns.


Allen Pomerleau

Steve Brumm

I am a long time FBA member. I am a master judge, a contest Rep, and a judges’ seminar instructor. I have served the FBA for a term as a Board Member, two terms as Vice President, and a term as President. As President, I led the FBA from what was probably the lowest point ever to a viable entity. As Vice President, my primary duties have involved matching Reps to contests to ensure smooth administration of the contests.

The FBA is growing and Ben Purvis is leading us on to bigger and better things. I would like to continue to be part of that growth. To the best of my knowledge, every
member who has contacted my with a question or problem over the years has received an answer. I firmly believe in listening to the membership.

I am currently retired and live with my wife Lorne in what remains of Panama City, Florida. I have been able to devote a great deal of time to the FBA as a retiree and hope the members will allow me to continue to do so.

I am a retired Air Force officer and have attended many fine management courses along the way. In another life, I was a College administrator and professor. I taught Forensic Science and have a master’s degree from University of Florida in Forensic Toxicology. At the same time I worked 22 years as a part time police officer with the Panama City Police Department and retired as a Lieutenant.

If you have questions, please feel free to attempt contact by sending a text to 850-624-2882. Phones are off and on and Internet is non-existent at the moment.

Steve Brumm