Weisberger Elected IBMA Chairman

| September 24, 2013 | 14 Comments

Jon WeisbergerVeteran songwriter and bass player Jon Weisberger was elected chairman of IBMA’s board of directors today, as the World of Bluegrass conference got underway in Raleigh, N.C.

Weisberger, who had been co-chairman, replaces Stan Zdonik, who was chairman for three years and spent a dozen years on the board. Cindy Baucom was elected vice-chairwoman.

Elizabeth Wightman, who had been serving as interim treasurer, was officially elevated to the post, and Craig Havighurst was chosen as secretary. He replaces Dan Keen.

“It’s a load off,” Zdonik joked as he left his final board meeting.

When Zdonik took office, IBMA was in a downward financial spiral.

“When I came in, I said to the membership, ‘it’s time for us to reinvent ourselves. After three years, I hope we’ve been successful in getting started down that path.”

Weisberger is a one of the most prolific songwriters in bluegrass these days, and was selected last year as IBMA’s first songwriter of the year. He’s also a journalist and plays bass with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.

David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. He has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and is now a senior editor for Kiplinger Washington Editors.

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