The Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) has appointed a new president.
Michelle Hurd took the position July 2, replacing Jerry Fleagle who, according to his LinkedIn profile, had been with the organization since January 1998. Details of Fleagle’s departure were unknown at the time of this report. Hurd has been with the association for six years in the role of VP of marketing and membership.
“We are confident that Michelle is the right person to lead the association into the future,” says Selection Committee Chair Bob Gostomski. “She has demonstrated exemplary performance in her role as vice president of marketing and membership, and we are looking forward to new growth and expansion under Michelle’s leadership.”
Hurd has a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from Upper Iowa University and 14 years of experience in association management. She came to IGIA from the Iowa State Bar Association in March 2006 and also has worked for the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Okoboji Chamber & Tourism Committee.
In 2011, Hurd earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, joining the ranks of only 45 Iowans to have achieved this certification and one of approximately 3,800 nationally. This designation is awarded to those association leaders who demonstrate the highest professional standards, individual performance and knowledge essential to the practice of association management. Candidates for certification must meet five criteria for eligibility, including 100 hours of professional development as well as pass a rigorous four-hour examination covering 156 competencies in nine knowledge domains.
Hurd also was named the Association Staff Professional of the Year by the Iowa Society of Association Executives in 2012. She was presented with the award for her 14-year track record in working with associations in Des Moines and for her outstanding work representing the members of IGIA.
Hurd lives in Ankeny with her husband Matt and her two children—Kale, 5, and Reagan, 3.