Lisa Ruggiers took over as the new Executive Director of the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) at the beginning of 2016. Ruggiers, a long-time employee of Calabrese Management, brings years of experience managing associations and non-profit organizations to NGMA.
NGMA extends its appreciation to Denise Calabrese, who served as the executive director since 2006. Denise and her company, Calabrese Management, will continue to manage the association with Lisa directing the day-to-day operations for NGMA.
Ruggiers previously served as NGMA’s associate executive director, so she is no stranger to NGMA. In her new role, she works closely with the Board of Directors and the various operating committees and provides guidance to association staff to ensure that NGMA remains a viable and successful organization.
Ruggiers has more than 20 years of non-profit experience focused mostly with trade associations in the areas of board leadership, budgeting, public relations, marketing, branding, event planning, and strategic direction.
Active in several professional organizations, she served in leadership roles with the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society and the Public Relations Society of America and sat on the Communications and Marketing Committee of her local United Way. She is currently a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
A graduate of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Ruggiers also graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Graduates must complete more than 90 hours of non-profit study and dedication to the non-profit profession.