Irv Gemora: Taking NASSCO To New Heights

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2011 Vol. 66 No. 1
: Irv and Paula Gemora as the 2009 NASSCO Convention golf tournament in Miami Lakes, FL.

“Irv Gemora served as executive director of NASSCO for eight years under the direction of nine different presidents and boards of directors,” said Brad Dutruch, whose term as NASSCO president ends in February. “Under his leadership, NASSCO membership has grown by more than 45 percent and gross revenues more than doubled. Irv has successfully cultivated, trained and provided motivational leadership to the staff in the office. NASSCO’s accomplishments continue to benefit association members and the industry.”

Reflecting on his years working with Gemora, NASSCO Technical Director Gerry Muenchmeyer, P.E., said: “During his tenure at NASSCO, Irv and I have enjoyed a great working and personal relationship.

“We shared similar goals to grow the NASSCO membership and develop it into a premier organization for supporting the membership and the pipeline industry. I have had the pleasure of supporting Irv on technical matters throughout this time and to help make the goal a reality.

“During my year as president of NASSCO, I communicated with Irv almost daily. Irv and I agreed on most issues, throughout that year and subsequent years, which created a great working relationship. His support, knowledge and guidance made my year as president rewarding and successful.

“Irv’s goals and successes have laid the foundation for the future of NASSCO and I will seek his guidance as the organization continues to grow in the future.”

Muenchmeyer is president of Muenchmeyer Associates, LLC.

Behind The Scenes: Paula Gemora
The supportive role of spouses can be an important factor in their partner’s professional success, but most often it is behind the scenes.

That hasn’t been the case with Irv Germora’s wife, Paula, who has been a highly visible and valued presence throughout her husband’s time with NASSCO as an unpaid assistant to Heather Myers, operations manager. Paula has been a hostess at meetings and other functions while assisting in a wide range of association activities, including spouse tours which have become a major attraction for the wives of many members.

“Paula never was an employee,” said Gemora, “but has shared in my work at NASSCO just as we have shared everything in our 54 years of marriage. I love NASSCO and my time there, and Paula enjoys seeing me happy and satisfied in my work.”

Paula said she remembers attending her first NASSCO meeting and how warmly she was received.

“I’ve come to know most everyone in the organization,” she said. “I love NASSCO, the members of NASSCO, and being able to be help to Heather.”