In Memoriam: O. Gordon Banks, Former Executive Director of AIHA

Posted September 7, 2016

Former AIHA Executive Director O. Gordon Banks, CAE, passed away on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. He was 80 years old. Banks, an honorary member of AIHA, served as the association’s executive director from February 1989 until December 2001. During his time with AIHA, he was known for building a strong government affairs program at the state and local levels; developing a significant public relations program; creating and expanding The Synergist as a monthly magazine; and providing staff support to technical committees.

"Due in part to Gordon's vision and leadership, AIHA is now an organization that is unparalleled in its service to the mission of the protection of workers and the community," then-AIHA President Steven P. Levine, PhD, CIH, said upon Banks’ departure from AIHA.

Banks began his association management career in 1965 as executive assistant of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association. He previously served 12 years as the executive director of the Association for Information and Image Management before joining the American Optometric Association. Banks also held several positions in the association management field, including president of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and national board member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In 1981, he received ASAE’s Key Award, which honors association CEOs who demonstrate exceptional qualities of leadership in their own associations and display a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole.

Banks graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in business administration and was a retired Captain, United States Naval Reserve.

Service information and other details are available via the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home website.



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