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David Nershi is New SIOP Executive Director


David Nershi, who has 24 years of experience in association management, communications and marketing on local and national levels, is the new SIOP Executive Director.

He succeeds Lee Hakel, who has directed the Administrative Office since it relocated to Bowling Green in 1995.

Nershi, who began his new duties March 28, most recently served as executive vice president of the National Exchange Club based in Toledo, OH.

I find I-O psychology to be a fascinating profession and the positive impact it has on employers and employees is very impressive to me, Nershi said. I am looking forward to working with and providing support to the members, the committees and SIOPs leaders.

A search committee chaired by William Macey reviewed the credentials of the applicants, narrowed the list to 11 who were interviewed at the SIOP Administrative Office, and submitted the finalists to the Executive Committee, which conducted its own interviews and selected Nershi.

Fritz Drasgow, SIOP president, said Nershi brings vast experience in association management as well as the ability to understand complex issues to the SIOP position. SIOP is impressed with his outstanding leadership qualities. He will provide a high level of service to the members of SIOP.

Drasgow also paid tribute to Hakel. SIOP owes a large debt of gratitude to Lee for her tireless dedication and commitment to the improvement and growth of SIOP. The results of her tenure are amazing. The Administrative Office has continuously taken greater responsibilities because its performance is so outstanding.  From using technology to streamline many of the societys procedures to stretching every dollar, Lee has provided great leadership.

Under Lees guidance, our annual conferences have grown in size and quality every year. Her talent and her passion for SIOP have been greatly appreciated by the members of SIOP. We wish her well in her retirement.

Nershi brings a blend of administrative, innovative and communications experience to the executive directorship. At the National Exchange Club, where he was executive vice president for 10 years, he forged a strong working relationship with the national Board of Directors and the elected leadership.

During his tenure he has worked to reverse a trend of declining membership and a decreasing number of active clubs and has initiated leadership programs, which have helped set a path of growth for Exchange Clubs throughout the country.

He has also coordinated 10 national conventions and numerous training conferences and national events, valuable experience because one of his primary responsibilities at SIOP will be overseeing the annual conferences.

He also served as a member of the National Exchange Club Board of Directors and as a trustee of the Exchange Club Foundation.

Earlier this year, he was renewed as a Certified Association Executive, a designation, which he has held since 1992, conferred by the American Society of Association Executives. CAE certification is based upon prescribed standards of experience and accomplishments in association management and must be renewed every three years.

He is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and began his career as a reporter and editor for a newspaper and magazine in West Virginia. In 1985, he joined the executive staff of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in Tulsa, OK. He was Executive Director of Marketing when he left in 1995 to become Executive Vice President of the National Exchange Club in Toledo.

Nershi and his wife Kathy are the parents of two children, Randy and Rachel.

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