As the NBIA Board of Directors welcomed new members in October, it also bid adieu to David Terry, executive director of the West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center in Amarillo, Texas, whose second board term has ended. However, a recent change in NBIA’s bylaws allows the immediate past chair to serve as an ex officio member of the association’s executive committee. NBIA extends its gratitude for Terry’s leadership and service to the organization, and we look forward to his contributions to the executive committee.
“As chair, David Terry helped lead the association through a challenging executive transition, including bringing board members to Athens, Ohio, to work with staff during an NBIA planning meeting,” said Jasper Welch, NBIA president and CEO. “David has lead by example and under his leadership, NBIA reached out to NBIA members and stakeholders. His term as chair has made a difference.”
Terry has served as cofounder and executive director of the West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center since it opened in 2001. That same year, he joined NBIA, and for more than a decade he has contributed to the association’s success as a presenter, contributor to NBIA publications and board member. During his six-year board tenure, Terry has served as secretary, a member of the executive committee, chair of the events and training committee and most recently as board chair.
Terry said board membership enriched both his personal and professional life. “Serving on the NBIA Board of Directors has been one of the greatest experiences of my career. When Dinah Adkins [NBIA president emerita] first asked me to consider serving on the board, I considered it an honor to give back to an association that had given me so much. Willingly, I committed to serve, but I had no concept of the depth of friendships and professional relationships that would develop.
“Those relationships with fellow incubation professionals would help us as an association to navigate the leadership transitions and changes in organizational culture for the balance of my board service.
“I am proud of NBIA – proud to be a member and proud to have had a small part in shaping the future of the organization.”
To learn more about the new NBIA board members whose terms began in October, see the October 2013 issue of the NBIA Review.—Bridget Lair
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