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SBE’s Poray to Retire in 2020

Longtime executive director to leave post at end of year

John Poray
John Poray

After nearly three decades of service, Society of Broadcast Engineers Executive Director John L. Poray has announced his pending retirement.

According to an SBE press release, Poray will step down at the end of this year. SBE President Wayne Pecena will work with the board of directors to find a new leader for the organization. However, Pecena said in the announcement that “John has been a fixture of the SBE since 1992 who cannot be replaced. We can only seek to find a successor!”

The SBE was founded 56 years ago, and Poray has been with the society for more than 27 years. Under his leadership, the society increased its membership to more than 5,000 members and 115 chapters spread across the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as SBE members located in 25 other countries. During Poray’s long tenure, SBE also added to its certification, education and frequency coordination programs.

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Poray said he looks “forward to a busy 2020” and says he will assist the board during the transition.

“I have been blessed to have had a long and productive relationship with the SBE, working with many great members, chapter and national leaders and staff,” Poray said in the release. “Together, we have worked to grow the SBE in size and stature and I believe the SBE is positioned well to continue to serve the broadcast and media engineers into the future.”

Prior to taking the helm as the SBE’s first full-time executive director, Poray spent more than a decade in other nonprofit organization management roles. He is a certified association executive. Poray began his career in with the Boy Scouts of America’s Central Ohio Council and went on to work for Kiwanis International, The Apartment Association of Indiana and The Columbus Apartment Association.

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