FPDA Appoints New Executive Director

FPDA Appoints New Executive Director

Barbara Dunlavey was appointed the Executive Director of the Fluid Power Distributors Association. She has experience serving as executive director of several other engineering organizations as well.

The FPDA Motion & Control Network, a national trade association that serves motion-solution providers from distributors to manufacturers of fluid power, automation, and electro-mechanical technologies, has announced the appointment of Barbara Dunlavey, CMP, CAE as its new executive director. Dunlavey replaces Trish Lilly, who served the association since 2009. 

Dunlavey has more than 20 years of experience managing numerous international and national membership organizations. She has developed social media marketing campaigns and built successful teams to deliver diverse educational programs, conventions, and member services. She has served as a volunteer leader with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and Board Source. She previously served as executive director of the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals and Foundation (SMRP), the Biomedical Engineering Society and Foundation (BMES), and Women in Defense, National Security (WID).

“I am excited to be part of the FPDA team and look forward to working with our talented and professional volunteer leaders and staff to strategically support the association’s future growth,” noted Dunlavey. “I am confident that my professional values of integrity, efficiency, and creativity will benefit FPDA and will be a great fit for their mission and objectives.”

“Barbara is an award-winning and highly-regarded Association Executive who brings a fresh leadership perspective to supporting the strategic growth of her associations,” added Joseph Thompson, FPDA general manager. “Passionate about serving the membership mission, she is adept at aligning resources with key priorities and anticipating organizational and member needs. I know that she will apply her talents toward ensuring FPDA’s future growth and vitality in partnership with the Board and leadership team.”

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