SBE Executive Director to Retire


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Wayne Pecena, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, announced that long-time executive director of the SBE, John Poray, plans to retire at the end of 2020. Poray joined the SBE as executive director on October 1, 1992. During his tenure, the SBE has seen growth in membership, and in the society’s certification, education and frequency coordination programs.

Poray was the first full-time executive director hired by the SBE Board of Directors, led at the time by SBE President Richard Farquhar. With the announcement, Pecena added, “John has been a fixture of the SBE since 1992 who cannot be replaced. We can only seek to find a successor!”   

“I have been blessed to have had a long and productive relationship with the SBE, working with many great members, chapter and national leaders and staff. Together, we have worked to grow the SBE in size and stature and I believe the SBE is positioned well to continue to serve the broadcast and media engineers into the future,” said Poray.

In the coming weeks, Pecena plans to meet with board members to begin the search process for the next SBE executive director. Poray said he looks forward to a busy 2020 for SBE while helping the Board of Directors with the transition.

January 7, 2020                  

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