This excerpt taken from the SMG DEF 14A filed Dec 20, 2006.
Nomination of Directors
As described above, the Company has a standing Governance and Nominating Committee that has responsibility for, among other things, providing oversight on the broad range of issues surrounding the composition and operation of the Board of Directors, including identifying candidates qualified to become directors and recommending director nominees to the Board of Directors.
When considering candidates for the Board of Directors, the Governance and Nominating Committee evaluates the entirety of each candidates credentials and does not have any specific eligibility requirements or minimum qualifications that must be met by a Governance and Nominating Committee-recommended nominee. However, under the Companys Corporate Governance Guidelines, in general, a director is not to stand for re-election once he or she has reached the age of 72. The Governance and Nominating Committee and the full Board of Directors will review individual circumstances and may from time to time choose to renominate a director who is 72 or older. The Governance and Nominating Committee may consider any factors it deems appropriate, including: judgment; skill; diversity; strength of character; experience with businesses and organizations of comparable size or scope; experience as an executive of, or advisor to, a publicly traded or private company; experience and skill relative to other Board of Directors members; specialized knowledge or experience; and desirability of the candidates membership on the Board of Directors and any committees of the Board of Directors.
The Governance and Nominating Committee considers candidates for the Board of Directors from any reasonable source, including shareholder recommendations, and does not evaluate candidates differently based on who has made the recommendation. Pursuant to its written charter, the Governance and Nominating Committee has the authority to retain consultants and search firms to assist in the process of identifying and evaluating candidates and to approve the fees and other retention terms for any such consultant or search firm. During the Companys 2006 fiscal year through the date of this Proxy Statement, the Company paid $100,000 to the search firm Christian and Timbers, LLC for assistance with the evaluation and selection process for the Companys director search. The Board of Directors, taking into account the recommendations of the Governance and Nominating Committee, selects nominees to stand for election as directors.
Shareholders may recommend director candidates for consideration by the Governance and Nominating Committee by giving written notice of the recommendation to the Corporate Secretary of the Company. The recommendation should include the candidates name, age, business address and principal occupation or employment, as well as a description of the candidates qualifications, attributes and other skills. A written statement from the candidate consenting to serve as a director, if so elected, should accompany any such recommendation.