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April 2016
FROM THE PRESIDENT
From the President: Christopher D. Busky, CAE Named Next CEO of IDSA
It is my pleasure to announce that Christopher D. Busky, CAE, has been appointed to serve as IDSA’s new Chief Executive Officer, upon the retirement of Mark Leasure, who has served the Society with distinction since 1998. 
 
Chris has been engaged in association management since 1989 and has served in a leadership position for the past decade at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), which represents healthcare professionals who specialize in prevention and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Most recently, he was HRS’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 
 
Chris has worked with organizations to harness the collective knowledge of members to drive new program development. He has worked with Boards and committees to develop operational plans and budgets that align with strategic priorities. He has innovatively generated new revenue by growing membership, grant support, sponsorships, and annual meeting attendance, both domestically and internationally. By strategically expanding existing relationships and developing new collaborations, he has grown organizations globally. Prior to his work at HRS, Chris served in leadership roles at the Association Management Group, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, and the Manufactured Housing Institute. 
 
 At IDSA, one of Chris’s top priorities will be to engage stakeholders to establish a clear value proposition for the ID professional. 
 
Chris earned his Master of General Administration, Financial Management at the University of Maryland-University College, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Frostburg State University. He is a long-time member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served on ASAE’s Finance, Human Resources and Business Operations Section Council. He has been a Board member and Chairman of the Finance and Administration Roundtable. 
 
The IDSA Board of Directors selected Chris after an extensive executive search process that was overseen by a search committee appointed by the Board. There will be a one-month transition period in June, after which Chris will officially take office on July 1. 
 
As you may know, the Society saw tremendous growth during Mark’s tenure. He was responsible for expanding the staff from five to more than 40, doubling membership and professional attendance at the annual meeting, and tripling the Society’s net assets. 
 
I hope you will join me in welcoming Chris and thanking Mark for his years of service. We are fortunate to have found Chris and grateful to have benefited from Mark’s leadership.


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