- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Greater Washington Board of Trade yesterday named James C. Dinegar its new president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Dinegar comes to the Board of Trade from the American Institute of Architects, where he was credited with using his position as chief operating officer to increase the trade association’s annual revenue by $20 million through a membership drive, publications and other programs.

The Board of Trade’s revenue from membership dues has remained steady in recent years.

“I think strengthening and broadening our membership base was a factor” in the selection of Mr. Dinegar, said Marie L. Tibor, Board of Trade spokeswoman.

About 1,100 companies belong to the Board of Trade, a trade group for the region’s industries.

Mr. Dinegar said he plans to solicit opinions from civic and business leaders for the first three months before deciding any new course of action.

Any new programs he develops would be designed to give members a “good return on investment,” he said during a press conference at the Board of Trade headquarters downtown. “This is not a charity or a social group. This is a business organization.”

Mr. Dinegar’s new job, which he is scheduled to begin July 10, culminates a long career in Washington’s association industry.

He began as a representative for the Independent Insurance Agents of America. Later, he worked as a lobbyist for the American Society of Association Executives and the Building Owners and Managers Association International before joining the American Institute of Architects.

“He has broad and deep experience with membership organizations,” said Patricia A. McGuire, Trinity University president and Board of Trade senior council member, who helped sift through 225 applicants for the job.

Mr. Dinegar, 45, replaces Robert A. Peck, who resigned in December after four years as chief executive officer.

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