Sterling Martin Associates In Hunt for Two Association Leaders

April 10, 2017 – Executive search firm Sterling Martin Associates is currently seeking new leaders for The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations and The International Safety Equipment Association. Managing partner David S. Martin, along with senior recruiters Leigh Beal and Kahti Motley, is leading both assignments.

The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations

The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO) has retained Sterling Martin to search for its next executive director. The position is located in Austin, TX.

APRO, the international voice for the rent-to-own industry, is a non-profit trade association. It provides educational, leadership and professional development opportunities to its members and suppliers. It is also responsible for the protection, promotion and advancement of the rent-to-own industry.

The chosen leader must have 10 or more years of senior level management experience in the association sector and have the ability to oversee the major functional areas of a business, i.e., administration, finance, membership (program / service benefits), conventions / tradeshows, government affairs, training / education, publications, insurance, and marketing.


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The International Safety Equipment Association

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has retained Sterling Martin to search for its next president. This position is located in Arlington, VA.

ISEA is the leading association for personal protective equipment and technologies that enable people to work in hazardous environments and is an ANSI-accredited organization that develops and promotes standards. It works closely with manufacturers, test labs, subject matter experts, end-users, and government agencies in the standards development process. Manufacturing member companies include 3M, DuPont, and Honeywell, among many others. Distributor and associate companies include Airgas Safety, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and WW Grainger.

The chosen leader must possess 10 or more years of association management experience, preferably in a manufacturing-related association or an association that promotes and writes product standards.

Non-Profit Specialists

Founded in 2006, Sterling Martin Associates focuses on finding leaders for the nation’s associations and non-profit organizations. Over the last seven years, the firm has been engaged by nearly 100 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of 15 professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Costa Mesa.

Sterling Martin recently recruited executive directors for The Chemical Educational Foundation, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the Texas Society of Association Executives, and the Texas Society of CPAs as well as filling CEO roles for the Maryland Food Bank and the American Rental Association. Currently, the firm is seeking new leaders for Easter Seals Serving DC, The Pennsylvania Apartment Association East, Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, and InsideNGO.

David Martin, the firm’s managing partner, has three decades of professional experience, including national executive search, non-profit leadership, and with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Prominent non-profit clients have included AARP; American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Association of Broadcasters; National Association of Children’s Hospitals; Society for Human Resource Management; Make-A-Wish Foundation; and Sister Cities International. He has conducted searches in a broad range of executive leadership positions at the C-suite level, including president and CEO roles, executive directors and chief operating officers.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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