Breaking News ACBS Hires New Exec Director Dan Gyoerkoe

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To all ACBS members;

We are pleased to announce that the position of ACBS Executive Director has been filled.  On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Dan Gyoerkoe (pronounced “Jerico”) accepted our offer to become our new Executive Director.  Dan will begin his career with us on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  We are looking forward to the New Year and a new Executive Director.

The search committee received 43 applications for the position.  After reading resumes, exchanging e-mails, conducting interviews via “Go To Meeting” and face-to-face interviews in Clayton, Dan quickly emerged as our leading candidate and one who can effectively lead ACBS into the future.

Dan lives in Watertown, NY with his wife Tracy.  For those of you not familiar with northern New York State, Watertown is about 20 miles south of Clayton. This places him within easy commuting distance and will enable him to be present in the office on a daily basis.

Dan brings over 20 years of non-profit association management experience to the ACBS. He began his career in association management in 1995 as the Executive Director of the Northeastern New York PGA Section.  He later served as the Executive Director of the New York State Speech and Language Hearing Association and as the Director of Operations for the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education.  His most recent position was Business Development Manager for a Watertown architectural firm.  For the last ten years, he has served as Bookkeeper/Accounting Supervisor for the Food Alliance of New York State, a position he fills part-time during evening hours. In addition, he has planned and executed many conferences and annual meetings of the organizations with which he was associated. Those skills will be beneficial as Dan will be the point contact for planning of ACBS quarterly and annual meetings.

Dan is proficient in many software systems used by ACBS including Quickbooks for finances and Word Press for the website. Our investment in an updated web presence is safe in his hands.

Dan is looking forward to the opportunity to learn about vintage boats and to visit chapters and experience their events.  We’re sure you will find him a willing and eager partner in your endeavors.

As you know, Kathy Parker, of the Heartland Classics Chapter and most recently the ACBS Secretary, has been serving as Interim Executive Director.  She has agreed to continue those activities until March 31, 2017, if necessary.  This will facilitate a smooth introduction and handover of responsibilities to Dan and we should have no interruption in the business of ACBS.

We are pleased the search has resulted in such an outstanding candidate.  Please join us in welcoming Dan as he begins his career with ACBS.

The Executive Director Search Committee, chaired by Walt Stashkiw and consisting of John Howard, Shannon Knight, Rich Lepping, Kathy Parker and Gail Turner

16 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Congratulations Dan. Good to see a NYer in the position. Show them how we do things in NY. On second thought maybe not, just do it right. Pleased that since I didn’t get the position ( I thought I would be a popular write-in vote) that you did. I guess when I told them that I thought Garwoods were made of garboards they snickered and left me out.

  2. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    Welcome to you, Dan. I am sure ACBS will benefit from your good service. If you don’t have a classic boat yet, let me warn you away from Tommy Holmes and the centuries. They all leak, right tommy?

  3. Wilson
    Wilson says:


    Looks like ACBS made a good choice. I’ve been t Clayton enough to know you have to go thru Watertown on the way to and from the airport. You have a great Monday morning flea market there.
    I imagine living that close to the river and near some lakes, you already have a boat but if you need to trade or buy another to have a wood one, don’t let those guys up there talk you into a GawWood or Century. Chris Craft is the only way to go…Probably a Sea Skiff for the river.
    In my checkered career I’ve spent a few ( 20+) in association management as general counsel to a professional association and executive director of a trade association. If you think I can help don’t hesitate to give me a call.

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    P.S. Dan:

    First lesson you won’t find in any book on association management or taught in any association management school:
    Read Woody Boater daily…It is the most up to date source on what your members are doing and thinking.
    Incidentially… there is a pretty good school on association management just down the road from you at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. You’ve probably heard of it or been there but if not I can let you know more on the program.

  5. Jeff Rogers
    Jeff Rogers says:

    Congratulations Dan! Looking forward to your leadership. Thanks for your willingness to serve. The ACBS has a rich history, but even a brighter future – and you’ll be an integral part of that. Best of success!

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