NATA: Latest News and Updates By Jordan Grantham, NATA Communications Manager
New Executive Director
David Saddler is the new executive director of the National
Athletic Trainers’ Association! Saddler, who has served as
interim executive director after the recent retirement of longtime Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, assumes
the role effective immediately.
Saddler has been a senior executive on the NATA staff for
three years. Previously he served as Associate Executive
Director, Programs and Services, where he oversaw
departments and activities internal to NATA. Saddler is
an association management veteran with more than 20
years of experience. He has served in executive leadership
positions for organizations serving the transportation and
electronic security industries. He has managed all facets of
associations, from finance to public affairs.
“I am honored to be selected by the NATA executive director
search committee and endorsed by the Board to serve
this great association and profession. My time at NATA
has been very rewarding,” said Saddler. “My approach is
not to think about replacing Eve Becker-Doyle, who in her
time as the executive director meant so much to NATA and
the profession. What I will do is make sure we honor those
contributions and plan to build upon those and seek to
leverage opportunities and solve challenges.”
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is relocating its
headquarters office from downtown Dallas to the Dallas
suburb of Carrollton. NATA has called its two-story building
on Stemmons Freeway home for close to 25 years. The
address for the new headquarters is 1620 Valwood Parkway.
The tentative move time frame is the end of July 2013.
The new building was built in the late 1980s and is in good
shape. NATA is in the midst of configuring the space to
meet its needs and fixing minor mechanical issues. Among
the goals of headquarters is to honor athletic training and
honor the members who have served and continue to serve
the association. The intent is to have a headquarters NATA
members can be proud of while not being ostentatious.
From a financial perspective, the transactions made solid
business sense. All market indicators show NATA received
very good value for its current building, and data for the
new building showed NATA received a great value for the
property; some comparables in the area indicated the
association paid as much as $6 per square foot under
market value for its new space.
These factors, combined with the fact that NATA was facing
a number of major issues and repairs with the current
building and the knowledge that the new building offers three
tenant spaces – all of which are already occupied, earning
the association revenue from the beginning – allowed the
financial aspects to come together nicely in favor of the
association. Because of good stewardship of association
funds and smart investments over the years, NATA was able
to pay cash for the building, eliminating any debt service and
Vegas, Here We Come!
Make plans to join us June 24-27 in Las Vegas for our
2013 convention! Registration numbers indicate it will be
one of our biggest events ever. Get the latest updates and
educational programming details on our convention website