Pinniger retiring after 16 years with NSSGA

By |  September 6, 2012

Joy Pinniger is stepping down as NSSGA president and CEO effective Nov. 2. Pinniger plans to retire and relocate for at least part of each year to live with her husband in England.

“I know I speak for the board, our members and our staff in expressing our decidedly mixed feelings about accepting Joy’s decision to leave,” says Ron Summers, NSSGA board of directors chairman. “We would have preferred her to stay here and continue leading NSSGA, as she has done an outstanding job for the association and the industry for nearly 16 years. Yet we are also happy for her in her recent marriage to a British citizen, and anticipated that this would cause the couple to soon make a decision on their future location.”

Pinniger joined NSSGA in 1996. According to Summers, she helped her membership and staff achieve success over the years by building the association’s strength, which was instrumental in achieving public policy goals.

“With diplomatic leadership, Joy’s policy, management and motivational strength has helped our members reinforce message and build relationship bridges to fend off unjustified regulations like PM10 and inappropriate legislation that doesn’t properly distinguish aggregates operations from others,” Summers says. “She is a synthesizer of inputs, highly consultative and yet when a decision is made, she holds tough on applying it.”

As a former chief staff executive to a governor, Pinniger shared commitment with NSSGA members to improve partnerships with state associations.

“We’re only beginning to see the impact from applying 21st-century technology in assisting NSSGA in bringing together a more unified and informed voice of the industry,” Summer says.

As for NSSGA’s future, Summers says a recruiting and selection process for a new leader will be announced soon.

Kevin Yanik

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