ERIE– The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) Board of Governors today announced thatLori Joint has been appointed as the organization’s president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2023.
MBA Board of Governors Chairman Jana Goodrich, president of Seaway Manufacturing in Erie, said the Board's decision was unanimous. “Lori has been a long-tenured and well-respected senior leader at the MBA,” said Goodrich, “and we are confident that she is the right person to take the Association to the next level as we grow the MBA’s presence and enhance the programs and services offered to our member employers in the tri-state region.”
Joint shared Goodrich’s enthusiasm for her new appointment. “I am grateful to the Board for offering me this incredible opportunity to follow in the MBA's proud legacy of leadership. I truly believe in the mission of the MBA to help our members succeed, and I am excited about the chance to make an even bigger impact by leading this great organization and its dedicated staff. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but I know we have the right people to do it.”
In her new role, Joint is responsible for leading a nearly 30-person staff at its Erie headquarters and new office location in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. She will oversee the MBA’s operations and its delivery of comprehensive services, including HR and legal support, professional development and computer training, competitive group insurance, business advocacy, expert logistics services, reduced cost energy program, thought-provoking business news and premier networking opportunities.
Joint was named vice president of the MBA in 2014, overseeing the Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs, and Insurance Departments. She joined the Association as an intern in 1990 while attending Gannon University and was hired as a computer training instructor in 1995. She has since held various key roles at the MBA, including as Computer Training manager, account executive for the MBA Business Magazine, and as director of Government Affairs before being named vice president, and most recently as interim president and CEO.