NGA Welcomes New Executive

September 19, 2012

Jim Gandorf is joining the National Glass Association and Window & Door Dealer Alliance as the new vice president of association services. He succeeds David Walker, who has held the same position at the NGA since 2005 and WDDA since its formation in 2009.

With more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Gandorf served most recently as executive director of the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners. Prior to that, he was executive director for the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the NGA team,” says Phil James, NGA president and CEO. “Jim is an extremely talented and well-respected association executive, and I know he will be a huge asset to our organization, to our membership and to our entire industry.”

Walker is leaving NGA and WDDA to become president and CEO of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, an organization created to help wounded and disabled veterans of the War on Terror, and their families, rebuild their lives. Walker has served as the volunteer chairman of the not-for-profit since 2009.

“This is obviously a bittersweet moment for the NGA and for me personally, because David has been such an integral part of our team for many years,” James states. “We are a better organization thanks to David and we will miss his leadership and friendship, but we couldn’t be more proud of the challenge he is embarking upon now on behalf of our nation’s wounded heroes."

“Over the past three years, David has played a critical role in the development of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance,” James continues. “Building on the momentum of this new organization for independent window and door dealers serving the residential market, supported by NGA, will be a top priority for Jim as well.”

Both changes become effective October 1.