Kristen Williams resigns as Executive Director of the IEDA

Today we received a letter from IEDA Executive Director Kristen Williams that she will resign from her fuction. Below yoe can read her letter.

Dear Members, Associates, Sponsors and Friends,

For those of you who haven’t heard the news (or received/read Luke Brenner’s email yet), I am reaching out today to let you know I have decided to forge a new path for myself professionally, and I have given my resignation to the IEDA Board of Directors. I have accepted an Executive Director position with a large association unrelated to the equipment industry, and I am honored to have been offered this opportunity.

I have held the position of IEDA Executive Director for the last 11 years. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with such an amazing group of talented, thoughtful and dedicated individuals. I have seen first-hand how passionate your IEDA Board of Directors is about supporting independent dealers worldwide, and I have worked incredibly hard to convey their ideas and implement their plans both with you and for you in that time period. I believe that together we have built a foundation for the IEDA you can all be proud of. I hope moving forward the IEDA membership as a whole will continue to realize value in participation and the importance of growth from within — I truly believe good people know good people!

I want you to know I did not come to this decision lightly. I have been committed to and invested in the success of the IEDA since November of 2009. Like all of you, though, I have a family to support and career aspirations to pursue. I will always wish the very best for each and every one of you as you travel your own journey and forge your own path.

Last, I had to make the unfortunate decision this year not to attend ConExpo because this health scare concerns me, and I have family at high risk for complications. I regret having missed an opportunity to see many of you that I didn’t get to see in Orlando! No surprise though — Sheila did a great job for us out there, and our events went very well.

As I write this, we are all moving into unchartered territory and I know personally, I don’t like uncertainty. I like lists and check marks and productivity. I like knowing my family is safe and I can keep them that way. So — in these uncertain times, I am grateful to all of you who have helped me to become stronger, more thoughtful, more independent and more courageous.

Thank you again for this opportunity, for your faith in me over the years and for your friendship.

Sincerely and with much love,

I personally think Kristen did an amazing job all these years and I wish her all the best in her new job. IEDA is looking for a replacement and I hope he or she will keep up the good work Kristen did.