Veterinary Industry Names Christian Malesic to Run Pennsylvania Association
Harrisburg, PA: Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM has been hired as the new Executive Director of both the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PMVA) and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF). The search committee was seeking a visionary, an educator, a financial craftsman, a manager, a professional, and a leader of the most ethical and highest moral character to shepherd the organizations into the next decade and beyond.
The combined Boards of Trustees of the two organizations established a Search Committee which performed a lengthy and thorough search process, according to Dr. Kate J. Harnish, DVM, Chair of the Search Committee and current President-Elect of PVMA. Harnish explained, “The nationwide search began in late August and ended just after the 2018 holiday season. Over 300 applications were received and narrowed down by job expectations and experience.” This extensive search resulted in the Search Committee choosing Christian Malesic, who possesses the education and experience in organizational management necessary to lead our industry forward. “Christian’s understanding of PVMA’s strategic plan was demonstrated from the beginning. Christian did his research about the current issues in veterinary medicine and was well prepared for the challenging and intellectually stimulating interview questions,” added Harnish.
As a native Pennsylvanian, Malesic was born and raised in Harrisburg. After 16 years as the President/CEO of CM Squared, Inc. he became Executive Officer at the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) in the Reading, PA area. While there, Malesic was recognized as the best CEO in the nation in 2013 and as a trend-setting, dynamic leader by the National Association of Home Builders. “To be recognized by my peers as the best in the country, out of 736 other CEOs, was quite a humbling experience,” recalls Malesic. “It brought an overwhelming feeling of quiet reflection; and, of course, gratitude to the Board and staff and Members who had nominated me.” Additionally, the HBA was awarded four other Best-in-Nation awards and numerous PA state awards with Malesic at the helm.
From Reading, Malesic moved south to make some much-needed changes as the President of the Melbourne Regional Chamber in Melbourne, FL. “I was intrigued to learn that a 90 plus-year-old Chamber of Commerce needed a turn-around artist,” mused Malesic. The Melbourne Regional Chamber had just previously posted its 8th annual loss in a row, draining all the reserve funds saved over the previous decades. Moreover, the Chamber’s Board of Directors was looking to freshen up what they believed was a stale, tired marketing image and outdated Tourism Information Center while also digging the organization out of its financial rut. Within a year, Malesic had the building refinanced, reserves back in the bank, and the marketing program had a whole new fresh, vibrant look. Six months following, the Tourism Information Center was completely remodeled to match the marketing and color scheme plus the budget was balanced. His marketing and promotional expertise sky-rocketed event attendance to an all-time high with over six months of sold-out Business Breakfasts and an annual Valor Awards ceremony, celebrating military, fire, and police, so big that the largest venue in town couldn’t contain it.
Malesic has considerable personnel management experience gained from almost six years as a United States Air Force Officer, where he managed InterContinental Ballistics Missiles (ICBMs) at Minot AFB, ND and controlled Air Support Operations Maintenance with over 350 technicians reporting to him at Shaw AFB, SC. During his military service, Malesic also was hand-selected for a Participation With Industry program where he served as an engineering liaison to Northrop-Grumman Corporation to design and build the Joint STARS. He was honorably discharged with accommodation having achieved the rank of Captain (O-3).
Malesic earned his Master of Business Administration with distinguished honors from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Shippensburg, PA and three Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Government (Political Science) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. Malesic is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), as conferred by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), the most highly-respected program nationwide for Association & Chamber management.
Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM lives in Harrisburg, PA with Hera (a rescue Great Dane), Dionysus (a Siamese), Atlas (a grey tabby), and Perseus (an orange tabby) plus four humans: his wife of 20 years, Valerie, and children Sarah, Skylar, and Damon.
About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting, and enhancing human health. To learn more visit PaVMA.org.
About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation
The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), which is transitioning to Animal Care PA, was established in 1983 and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our core programs help feed, aid, and educate people, pets and veterinary students of the Commonwealth. To donate to our causes or for more information, please visit AnimalCarePA.org.
Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM