Gregg Balko to retire after 16 years leading SAMPE North America

After serving as CEO and executive director for 16 years, Gregg Balko plans to retire in July 2020. SAMPE leadership has formed a committee to search for a successor.


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Gregg Balko of SAMPE North America

Gregg Balko, CEO and executive director of SAMPE North America. Source | SAMPE


The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering North America (SAMPE, Diamond Bar, Calif., U.S.) has announced that Gregg Balko, CEO and Executive Director, will retire in 2020 after having served as CEO and executive director for more than 16 years. Balko will continue with SAMPE through July 1, 2020 to aid in the transition for his successor.

“It has been a great honor to lead this organization over the last 16 years, and I am extremely proud of the value we have created together for our members and volunteers,” says Balko. “I want to thank each of our members for their support and ongoing commitment to bringing enhanced educational opportunities to the industry. Now is the right time for my retirement, on both a personal and professional level, and I look forward to helping the board of directors transition this role to the next generation of leadership. SAMPE is well positioned for future success with a strong team, solid financial foundation and exciting growth prospects.”

“Gregg has been instrumental in shaping SAMPE into the organization it is today,” says Tim Shaughnessy, president of SAMPE North America. “Through his leadership, SAMPE North America is financially stable, and our brand perception was elevated from a national level to a truly global organization. In addition, Gregg worked with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., U.S.) to create the Composite and Advanced Material Expo (CAMX), a conference that truly addresses the needs of the world’s materials community. Gregg’s tireless service through years of both growth and challenges has positioned our organization for continued success after his departure. We thank him for his years of dedicated service and wish him the best in retirement.”

The SAMPE leadership has formed a search committee, composed of North America SAMPE President Tim Shaughnessy, and current SAMPE members. The committee has engaged the consulting firm Vetted Solutions to facilitate the search.

For further information as well as to provide recommendations to the Search Committee, please contact SAMPE’s executive search consultant, James J. Zaniello, President at Vetted Solutions, via email at jim.zaniello@vettedsolutions.com.