by John Darer CLU ChFC CSSC RSP CLTC
The National Structured Settlements Trade Association has announced today the appointment of Eric Vaughn as its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2010. Vaughn, a principal in Washington DC based Book Hill Partners, has been NSSTA's chief lobbyist for the past decade and is a truly class act.
Current NSSTA President Dan Durbin is right on point in saying "He not only has a detailed knowledge of our industry but equally important, he has the respect of our entire membership.”
This author sees the appointment of Vaughn as an important strategic move for NSSTA which has sorely missed effectual leadership at its pinnacle since the long serving Randy Dyer was replaced by an association management firm in 2007. Dyer is back in the industry, having been appointed to a governmental and judicial affairs position with Ringler Associates last month.
NSSTA states that Vaughn has an ambitious plan to make NSSTA a more effective and valuable organization for its members. Eric has provided a vision that includes streamlining operations, improving responsiveness and allocating more resources to legal and marketing efforts that will benefit the industry.
I have known Eric for a number of years and have served on NSSTA's branding committee with him in 2008-2009. Eric has a positive energy about him and I see this as a VERY positive move for NSSTA and the structured settlement industry.