CI President Ben Best has announced that he will not be seeking reelection as President in September. CI Director Dennis Kowalski has announced his candidacy for President to succeed Ben after the September 22, 2012 Annual General Meeting. Ben will continue to serve as a CI Director.
After serving as CI's President for 9 years, Ben has decided to take a position at Life Extension Foundation and move to Florida. Ben expects to be able to devote more time to the scientific research issues surroundings cryonics which have always been of great interest to him.
During Ben's tenure as CI's President, CI's patients have more than doubled and CI's membership has nearly tripled. Among many achievements, Ben initiated a number of improvements in CI's processes and procedures, including changes in its perfusion protocol and perfusates and computer-controlled cooling. Ben has also done substantial work to systematize CI's internal processes and procedures and to direct CI's research program.
Dennis is a member of CI's Board of Directors, and has been very active in CI's new marketing, facility enhancement and web site initiatives. Dennis is a Fire Fighter and EMT paramedic with substantial experience in emergency medical procedures.
The new President will be supported by CI's facility manager, Andy Zawacki, its Board, and the Board's Executive Committee.
"I join CI's Board in thanking Ben for all his service and dedication to CI, and we all appreciate the financial sacrifices he has made for CI," Said CI's senior Board Member and Treasurer Pat Heller. "Dennis has shown great enthusiasm for CI in his tenure on the Board," said Ben. "I look forward to continue working with the other members of CI's Board and its new President to continue the organization's growth."
CI's Board will elect a new President in September. The officers are chosen from among CI's Directors. Currently, no other directors have announced their candidacy for President.
The Board of Directors plan a tribute to Ben at the Annual Meeting in September. Further details will be forthcoming.
Ben has been CI's third president since its formation 36 years ago.
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