ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NACD announced yesterday that it has named Eric Byer as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association effective January 1, 2014. Byer comes to NACD from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC where he served as Senior Vice President leading association programs for the firms largest clients.
Prior to that Byer was the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) where he lead external affairs and internal operations for the $6.1 million organization.
"We are excited to bring Eric on to lead NACD. His experience in elevating the association's presence and influence with Congress, regulatory agencies, and among industry leaders will further NACD's strategic initiatives," said Roger Harris, Chairman of the Board and President/CEO Producers Chemical Company. "The search committee was very impressed with Eric's solid track record of leadership on many fronts including multi-faceted legislative advocacy, membership growth, operational excellence and relationship building."
"NACD has a reputation as a best in class organization with a strong membership, a focus on government advocacy and its premier Responsible Distribution program. I am excited to join this outstanding organization and Industry which is so vital to the chemical supply chain," said Byer.
Over the last decade, Byer has driven initiatives aimed at expanding the association's brand, financial growth, and expanded legislative engagement. Most recently at Obadal, Filler, Byer crafted a new strategic plan, oversaw advertising campaigns, initiated new training programs and developed a new membership drive. Prior to that at NATA, he increased the Association's name recognition before Congress and appeared before several Congressional panels as the industry spokesman. He built a new membership program, grew the association's reserves, improved the effectiveness of the membership database, and developed new social media presence for NATA. Prior to his service at NATA, Byer was a senior government relations coordinator of the Smith, Bucklin & Associates, and before that he served as a staff member in two Congressional offices.
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every eight seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on its members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.
Contact: Lucinda Schofer
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)