(WASHINGTON, DC) - FightSMA, an international nonprofit organization created to strategically accelerate the search for a treatment and cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has named Ron Imbach as its new Executive Director, effective Dec. 1, 2011.
is replacing the current CEO and founder of FightSMA
, Martha Slay, who guided the organization from its inception in 1991 until the present.
has worked in non-profit organizations in fundraising and leadership roles for the past twelve years, including: the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Volunteers of America, and the Wesley Theological Seminary
Through Ron's leadership, expertise, and diligence, the charities he
has served have benefitted greatly with major, planned, and corporate gifts totaling well over $100 million.
He is also an accomplished speaker and trainer, speaking to audiences of 5000 or more and training hundreds of staff and other groups.
"Ron's experience and track record of results have helped Ron become a visionary leader as well as a strong manager and motivator.
Prior to working with charities, Ron was a financial advisor with a major brokerage firm, focusing on retirement and estate planning while raising and managing several million dollars in assets.
He was also a business development executive and worked in management positions in accounting and consulting in the private sector.
has also owned and operated his
"We are also extremely excited to have Ron Imbach joining FightSMA as Executive Director.
vast experience in the nonprofit and business sectors will benefit FightSMA
greatly and make him a great leader of our organization.
is very passionate about FightSMA
and will challenge each of us to have our legacy be finding a treatment or cure for SMA."
Ron was very active and excelled academically while completing his MBA at George Washington University with a concentration in marketing and public policy and his undergraduate studies at Shepherd University, majoring in accounting and economics.