October 2009

Richard Meyers Hired As New Executive Director of OBCAI

Richard Meyers

OBCAI is pleased to announce that Richard Meyers has been hired as the association’s new Executive Director.  Richard and his company, Association Growth Management (AGM), will handle all of the day-to-day management tasks of the Association as of January 1st, 2010, while transitioning to several tasks immediately.

In announcing the management change to the membership at the recently concluded annual conference in San Diego, President Carrie Gates [Barrister Executive Suites] said, “I want to compliment Association Headquarters.  They have elevated us to a new level of professionalism that we could not have arrived at without them.  We’ve had some great accomplishments with Association Headquarters but now we are ready to take that next step as a more mature organization.”

“This is an important time for our industry,” said Gates.  “The benefits that OBC’s provide give companies a tremendous advantage, and more need to know that we exist. Having the right leadership is key, and we felt a change on our management team was needed to take us to that next level.  We made an important executive decision.  Specifically, we wanted someone with experience in running an Association, experience in working with government and legislative work, and who also understood our business and had passion for what we do and for our members. We believe we found that person.”

Richard Meyers has fifteen years of association management experience. He was the Executive Director of the Alliance Business Centers Network (ABCN) for seven years.  He also served as the Director of Government Relations & Communications for the Natural Products Association, an association comprised of 8,000 dietary supplement and health food manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers.  He founded AGM in 2004.

“I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to work with an industry that I love,” said Richard.  “I’m excited to work with the Board and the membership to make OBCAI realize its vast and exciting potential.”

Read full interview with Richard Meyers