Michael Martin

Michael Martin has been hired as the National Wood Flooring Association's coo, with an eye toward transitioning him to ceo after the retirement of Ed Korczak, exec. director/ceo, at the end of the year. Martin will join the NWFA on Feb. 21 and will work side by side with Korczak for the remainder of the year.

Martin has served as vp of the National Association of Electrical Distributors for the past 13 years, where he helped develop the association’s strategic direction and budget, and served as publisher of The Electrical Distributor (TED)magazine. He also was responsible for overseeing the association’s websites, communications, and public relations.

NWFA Chairman Neil Poland, said that Martin “was selected from more than 65 highly qualified candidates. Our Board assembled a search committee to review, screen, and interview candidates during the past year, and the decision to hire Michael was unanimous. Michael convinced us that he is a very progressive thinker with a high energy level who can lead the NWFA to further growth in the future.”

Korczak, who has served the NWFA as exec. director/ceo since 1994, noted that Martin “has a very strong association background that will help make my transition to retirement less of an interruption to the daily operations of the NWFA. In addition, he also brings a wealth of other experience to the NWFA, including roles as a speaker, meeting planner, and convention manager.”

Martin said that he is excited about the new opportunity. “I look forward to working with Ed during the year learning about a new industry, as well as meeting and working with our members, as I prepare to take the helm.”

Martin has a BA in Communications from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and belongs to a number of professional organizations, including American Society of Association Executives, American Society of Business Publications Editors, Missouri Association of Publishers, International Association of Business Communicators, Society of National Association of Publications, and St. Louis Society of Association Executives.