The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced Darryl Walter as its new director of membership.
Walter comes to SWANA after successfully leading membership development for associations such as The Wildlife Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Actuaries. Specifically, he is credited with having increased membership by more than 40 percent during his tenure at The Wildlife Society.
“I am very pleased to welcome Darryl to the SWANA team,” SWANA Executive Director David Biderman said in a statement. “Darryl is an experienced association professional, and we will look to him to develop new ideas and processes for how to recruit, engage, and retain SWANA members.”
With SWANA reaching record membership of over 8,500 members at the close of FY 2016, Walter plans to keep the momentum going and membership growing.
“People join associations because of professional development and networking opportunities”, Walter said in a statement. “SWANA has an established reputation in being the leading membership association for solid waste professionals in the United States and Canada, and I look forward to increasing our influence and membership throughout the industry by providing an exceptional experience for our members.”
When asked about what excites him the most about SWANA, Walter cited areas ranging from protecting the environment to safety awareness to even the people within the organization.
Walter holds a B.A. in American Studies from Kent State University and has been in membership development for over 12 years.