He replaces David Walker, who has held the same position at the NGA since 2005. Both moves are effective October 1, 2012.
Gandorf is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE). Prior to that, Gandorf was Executive Director for the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER).
Gandorf served in the United States Army for four years, including as a Captain, M1A1 Tanks. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1986 from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the NGA team,” said Phil James, NGA President & CEO. “Jim is an extremely talented and well-respected association executive, and I know he will be a huge asset to our organization, to our membership and to our entire industry.”
David Walker is leaving the NGA to become President & CEO of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH), an organization created to help rebuild the lives of the War on Terror's wounded and disabled veterans and their families. Walker has served as the volunteer chairman of the not-for-profit since 2009.
“This is obviously a bittersweet moment for the NGA and for me personally, because David has been such an integral part of our team for many years,” continued James. “We are a better organization thanks to David and we will miss his leadership and friendship, but we couldn’t be more proud of the challenge he is embarking upon now on behalf of our nation’s wounded heroes.”
"Over the past three years, David has played a critical role in the development of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance,” noted James. “Building on the momentum of this new organization for independent window and door dealers serving the residential market, supported by NGA, will be a top priority for Jim as well.
About the NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the architectural glass, and window and door industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing nearly 2,200 member companies and locations, NGA offers education and training, including MyGlassClass.com and MyWindowClass.com. NGA publishes the industry's leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™, WDweekly™, and For Technicians Only e-bulletin™. NGA also hosts the industry's premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo®. The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, an organization for independent window and door dealers, is an initiative of the NGA. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.