REISA, the alternative investments association, has announced the appointment of John P. Harrison as the new Executive Director/CEO. In this capacity, Harrison will head up the association’s office in Indianapolis, reporting to the elected board of directors which is comprised of 13 leading industry professionals.
“We are excited to welcome John to the REISA team and community. His extensive experience in the association world will be of great value to REISA as we strive to offer the best education, networking and advocacy to our members. We are confident that John’s leadership will continue to propel REISA forward as the leading association in the alternative investments industry,” says Daniel Oschin, current president of the REISA board of directors.
Harrison arrives at REISA with over 20 years of association management experience, including 15 years in industry associations. Most recently, he was a vice president on the turnaround team of the paper industry’s association (TAPPI) and executive director of its foundation. He has also served on the management team of several other associations both in the United States and abroad and was part of the senior staff team for the Jerusalem International YMCA, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the early 1990s. As a part of his past management duties at these associations, Harrison has overseen organizational investment portfolios, growing them substantially.
In the field of association management, Harrison has published widely with peer-reviewed papers on techniques of membership research, marketing, event growth, and international expansion. In 2011, he received the Georgia Society of Association’s Chair’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Association Management.