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
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.
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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