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New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change:

from The ARRL Letter on April 12, 2018
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New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change:

ARRL's new Chief Executive Officer, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization with an overarching goal of promoting the League's mission: "To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio." Shelley has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the limelight, so he's a bit of an unknown quantity within the greater Amateur Radio community. But he brings to his new position nearly 3 decades of experience as ARRL's Chief Financial Officer. Shelley intends to leverage that background in his role as CEO, enabling him to hit the ground running.

"I am familiar with the issues that matter to ARRL members and the Amateur Radio community at large," Shelley pointed out in his inaugural "Second Century" editorial, "Advancing Amateur Radio, Together," in the April issue of QST.

He acknowledged that with both ARRL and Amateur Radio undergoing "a great deal of change," not all League members will necessarily be on the same page, but he believes disagreement about the way forward "can be healthy, and bring new perspectives to light." At the same time, he encouraged individuals to "remain respectful and constructive" in discussing issues.

"In my opinion, fulfilling ARRL's mission means doing so for all Amateur Radio operators, regardless of their license class, level of technical ability, or particular interests within the wide range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer," Shelley allowed. Increasing the number of younger radio amateurs will benefit both the avocation and ARRL, he said. And, Shelley added, that despite any generational rift -- perceived or otherwise -- between older and younger hams, "There's more to enjoy than ever before -- Amateur Radio in 2018 looks and sounds different than it did in 1968 or even in 1988 -- and licensing numbers indicate that people are still interested in exploring Amateur Radio."

Blazing the trail for Amateur Radio's future should involve all hams, Shelley believes, and he urged hams to be there for each other.

The ARRL Board elected Shelley as CEO in January, to succeed Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, who retired. As Shelley nears his own retirement over the next 18 months, the League continues to advertise http://www.arrl.org/employment-opportunities for applicants to fill the CEO position on a long-term basis. Read more http://www.arrl.org/news/new-arrl-ceo-comes-aboard-facing-challenges-and-change.

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