February 26, 2018 – A variety of non-profit trade associations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Non-profit recruiting specialist Association Strategies recently recruited William P. Doyle to be the new executive director and CEO of the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) in Washington, D.C. He replaces Barry Holliday, who recently announced his retirement.
“Bill Doyle is a proven leader in the maritime industry,” said Ashley Kerns, president of the DCA board of directors and senior vice president of Mike Hooks Inc. “His extensive experience spearheading maritime policy including drafting legislation, shaping policy and managing communications, combined with his enthusiasm and passion for the dredging and marine industry made him the right person to guide our industry association on an exciting journey forward.”
Mr. Doyle previously served as a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, having been unanimously confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate as a presidential appointee, and remained onboard with the Trump administration. Mr. Doyle served over a decade as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines as an engineer aboard numerous classes of vessels. He is a licensed attorney and marine engineer. He has over 25 years of combined experience in transportation and maritime policy serving in senior-level executive roles, including presidential appointee and previously chief-of-staff, general counsel, senior regulator, director of government and legislative affairs, and communications executive.
In his new role, Mr. Doyle is responsible for all management functions of DCA, including overseeing a budget of about $1 million and direction of all activities of the association as prescribed by the board of directors. He will be in charge of executing contracts, agreements and commitments for the organization, working with all association committees to provide liaison and staff support. In addition, Mr. Doyle will act as spokesman for the association to help maintain effective relationships with Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, federal agencies and other organizations to advocate the association’s viewpoints.
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“The dredging industry is the foundation to economic prosperity in the U.S.,” said Mr. Doyle. “Ships visit the U.S. from all over the world, and we are becoming a natural gas exporting nation. Larger ships now more than ever visit our ports as a result of the expanded Panama and Suez Canals. None of these ships would be able to dock in America but for the important work that dredging companies do to deepen and maintain our harbors, channels, ports and inland waterways.”
Dredging Contractors of America’s mission is to improve the quality and responsiveness of dredging service delivery to the nation, ensuring that America’s ports, waterways, wetlands and beaches are efficiently constructed and maintained in an environmentally sustainable manner. Its membership includes 12 large companies and 16 small companies that operate on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland rivers and in Hawaii and Alaska.
Founded in 1986, Association Strategies provides executive search, organizational assessment and transition management services exclusively to non-profit organizations. The firm also offers succession planning, board advisory consulting and other services to help organizations leverage their visibility and influence to achieve strategic goals and tackle long-standing challenges and opportunities. Association Strategies recently recruited new leaders for the Forging Industry Association, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
Pamela Kaul, the firm’s founder, has nearly three decades of experience in executive search, transition management and organization development. She has delivered talent to hundreds of associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media