An End And Beginning For NASSCO Leadership

Dear NASSCO Members:

The famous English proverb, “All good things must come to an end,” is as true as it is misunderstood. While I believe good things do end, they are so often replaced by other good things in life. That perspective is so important to remember.

I write these words because the many years of hard work and good times here at NASSCO are coming to an end for me in the not-too-distant future. During the October WEFTEC show in Orlando, I announced my plans and estimated retirement beginning in February 2011, following NASSCO’s annual meeting in Puerto Rico. I thoughtfully made this decision and announcement to give myself and NASSCO ample opportunity to plan for my departure and, most importantly, secure a new executive director. I will proudly pass the torch and share the knowledge I’ve learned over the years to help NASSCO continue to grow on its successful path.

As executive director of the industry’s leading trade association, I’ve been honored to learn and grow in this important role during the past eight years. Our industry is still considered young and watching it grow has been exciting. As I look back, I think about all that has changed since I was a young sewer rat, literally getting down and dirty to learn on the job. Most of the resources we have today existed in concept more than reality – it was trial and error and it was a lot of hard work. Training classes, guidelines and certifications existed, but not at the levels available today. The many products and processes for rehabilitation of the infrastructure available now are exciting and promise a bright future for the industry and all who work in it.

We’re still working diligently as an industry and we have a long way to go to get the support we need, such as securing funding and building ongoing public awareness, but we’ve come so far. In the past year alone we’ve seen our industry on the front page of leading newspapers, particularly in articles about the need for appropriate funding. Personally, I can’t think of anything more important, from a public health perspective, than to spend federal dollars on our nation’s most vital asset – public sewer systems and clean water. My hope is that this funding will become a reality and not simply words in print.

I’ve enjoyed my career and I know I’m so lucky to have had this opportunity to serve the industry and contribute to the growth of a powerful membership based association where networking, training and education keep members coming back year after year. For decades now, we’ve come together to learn, grow, share stories, see old friends and make new ones.

Today, I’m so proud of all we’ve done and the resources available to everyone. NASSCO is holding true to its mission set more than 30-years ago by a small group of dedicated individuals who had a passion and a vision for our industry. NASSCO’s mission to set the standards for rehabilitation for underground utilities remains unchanged.

While I hold the prestigious title of executive director, the engine of this organization is truly my colleagues, Heather Myers, operations manager, and Gerry Muenchmeyer, technical director. I’m so grateful to have had this experience working with them and the many volunteers, including board members who are key to NASSCO’s success.

This wonderful team and I have a lot of work ahead of us – the search is on to find an executive director who can take this organization to the next level. If you want to be considered for the job of NASSCO’s Executive Director, please send your resume to and/or call (410) 486 3500.Your interest in this job will be held in the strictest confidence. It is an honor to serve in this role but it is not honorary. Significant work still needs to be done for the industry and NASSCO is the logical organization to do it. The work is challenging, satisfying and sometimes frustrating, but always interesting.

For me personally, many good things will end when I leave NASSCO. I will greatly miss the work, the people I’ve been so grateful to work with daily and the industry events which I greatly enjoy attending and participating in. But I know more good things are ahead for me, including more time with my family, my dear wife Paula and of course, golf. And I also look forward to new challenges such as exploring some life long ambitions, like playing the piano and learning a foreign language. Doing nothing is not my definition of retirement. I will continue to teach the PACP and will consider becoming involved with interesting projects from time to time.

And for NASSCO, more good things are in its future too. A new executive director, fresh energy, ideas and continued growth. Until my retirement, I’m committed and look forward to helping pave the path for NASSCO’s continued success. Thank you.

Irvin Gemora
Executive Director

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