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The NAEDA Board of Directors has named Richard E. “Rick” Lawhun president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Lawhun has more than 30 years of experience with demonstrated leadership in strategic planning, program development, membership growth and financial management.
Prior to joining NAEDA, he served as president and CEO of the American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association (ACPPA) in Fairfax, Va. During his six-year tenure with ACPPA, Lawhun implemented a rebranding campaign to include a new logo, tagline, web site and marketing material. He expanded membership by amending the association’s bylaws and recruiting international members; streamlined operations to improve efficiencies and reduce costs; and doubled the association’s legislative efforts. Prior to joining ACPPA, Lawhun was vice president of member benefits for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in Falls Church, Va.
Lawhun also served in a variety of staff leadership roles at the American Society of Civil Engineers, including manager of technical activities, senior manager of membership development and director of the Construction Institute. Early in his career, Lawhun managed an engineering department at Dewberry & Davis, an ENR Top 50 design firm.
“We are extremely pleased to have Rick as our new president,” notes NAEDA chairman Tom Nobbe, CEO of Wm. Nobbe & Co., Inc., Waterloo, Ill.“He has a unique set of skills and experience that will serve NAEDA well as we seek to reorganize our governance structure and increase the effectiveness of the organization.”
Asked why he was drawn to NAEDA, Lawhun stated, “This is a challenging opportunity to be part of an organization that is seeking to increase its visibility and better serve its members. I am honored to have been selected and look forward to working with the members, board of directors and staff in leading NAEDA into a promising future.”
Lawhun is an alumnus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He and his wife, Ping, will be relocating to St. Louis from their current home in Fairfax.
Lawhun succeeds Paul Kindinger, who resigned as NAEDA’s president last year. The executive search was conducted by Waverly Partners, LLC, of Cleveland, Ohio, and was directed by Blaine Bingham, NAEDA’s incoming chairman. Blaine has expressed his appreciation to the NAEDA Search Committee for their time and efforts in reviewing all the candidates and in the final selection of Lawhun.