Celia T. Besore, MBA, CAE will become the new executive director of The Monitoring Association (TMA). Besore currently serves as TMA’s vice president of membership and programs and previously worked at the association as vice president of marketing and communications. The first woman to lead TMA staff as executive director, Besore will assume her new position on November 1, following the retirement of Executive Director Jay Hauhn on October 31.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position,” shared Besore. “I love our industry and the critical role it plays in the well-being of our communities. I greatly admire our members and look forward to working with the board, our many volunteers, and my staff colleagues on TMA’s mission to advance the professional monitoring industry.”

Besore holds the Certified Association Executive credential from ASAE as well as an MBA from George Mason University. She is a recognized association management community leader, volunteering countless hours to ASAE programs such as the Diversity Executive Leadership Program for which she serves as a mentor.

Previously executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses as well as a former member of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Besore is recognized for expertise in delivering strong revenues, generating growth, driving turnarounds and building organizational value in diverse sectors, including healthcare, electronic security, packaging and trade association management.

“Frankly, choosing Celia to lead TMA was an easy choice,” said Ivan Spector, president of TMA. “Throughout the years that I have known her, she has been a tireless advocate for the association. Her energy, passion and enthusiasm for the industry will spur TMA to grow to the next level in a rapidly changing landscape.”