The ARRL Board of Directors has elected David Minster, NA2AA, of Wayne,
New Jersey, as ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on
September 28. Minster is currently Managing Partner at Talentrian
Partners, a management consulting firm serving the consumer goods and
luxury goods industries.
Minster began his career as a software engineer, moving into management
at Unilever, as a Chief Information Officer of this globally recognized
portfolio of brands that includes Elizabeth Arden Company,
Chesebrough-Ponds Canada, Thomas J. Lipton Co., and others. From there,
he moved to fine jewelry manufacturer and retailer David Yurman, where
he served as COO and CIO. More recently, Minster served as CEO of
jewelry brands Scott Kay and Judith Ripka.
“Building a culture of accomplishment and accountability is what I do
best. My initial focus will be working with the Board on establishing
strategic goals and concrete plans to navigate ARRL through the digital
transformation required for the coming decades of its Second Century.
This includes exciting and innovative ways to be engaged in amateur
radio, while growing activity and membership.”
Minster got his Novice license, WB2MAE, in 1977, when he was in his
teens. He progressed from Advanced to Amateur Extra and, after a stint
as NW2D, he settled on the vanity call sign NA2AA in the 1990s as a way
to honor a mentor, N2AA, and the contest station that he used to
frequent, K2GL, in Tuxedo Park, New York.
Minster’s ham radio pursuits have ranged far and wide over the years.
His background includes National Traffic System training and
participation in public service events, as well as contesting from home,
club stations, and contest stations in the Caribbean — particularly on
Bonaire, where he is a member of PJ4G. Primarily a CW operator, Minster
collects unique and vintage bugs and keys.
Minster earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The
Ohio State University and has a special interest in satellites, digital
communications, remote operation, and ham radio computing and software.
He has written keyer software for the commercial market, and contest
logging, packet, and satellite telemetry software for personal use.
In addition to being an ARRL member, Minster is a member of AMSAT, the
Frankford Radio Club, the Straight Key Century Club, CWops, and the
North American QRP CW Club.
“I spend every day of my life, one way or another, engaged in amateur
radio. It is more than just a hobby for me; it is my community. It is
where I live; where I have built lifelong friendships, and friendships
that span the globe. Amateur radio allows me to dream and to experiment.
I can’t wait to bring my energy and boundless enthusiasm in service to
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said, “We are excited to welcome
David as our new CEO, and look forward to his progressive leadership.
His experience in management and operations, plus his activities in
amateur radio, will serve our organization and members well.”
Minster will succeed Barry J. Shelley, N1VXY, who was CEO in 2018, and
who has been serving as ARRL’s Interim CEO since January 2020. Shelley
had been ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer since January 1992.
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO