by Matt Alderton | June 24, 2013
Managing Director Allison Summers the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (Site) resigned to become executive director of Zonta International, an international organization of executives working together to advance the status of women, Site Global and the Site International Foundation announced last week. Her resignation was effective on June 21.

According to Site, its executive team and management partner, association management company SmithBucklin Corp., have implemented a "comprehensive transition strategy" and commenced the search for Summers' replacement. Paul Dykstra, vice president of client services at SmithBucklin, will serve as interim executive director for both Site and the Site International Foundation, supported by Site Director of Operations Christie Pruyn.

"We wish Allison all the very best going forward; she has been a great asset to Site and has left us a great legacy to advance," Site President David Sand said in a statement. "I am very confident that we will find a great replacement for her as several high-quality candidates have already entered the talent race for this prestigious association management role."

Summers joined Site in 2006 and helped launch the Site International Foundation. Other achievements during her tenure include the organization’s rebranding as "Site," two website redesigns, the development of Site’s social media presence, and the creation of Site’s Global Education Week and its "Body of Knowledge" initiative.

"It has been an absolute privilege to serve the Site community these past seven years," Summers said. "I believe in the mission of Site and the Site International Foundation and the power that Site has to connect professionals globally so that individuals can improve business results and create the ultimate in motivational experiences. I wish the leaders of Site the best as they continue to advance advocacy, deliver relevant research, elevate standards through certifications and champion a new global education strategy. Site is a special place and its members are very special people within the MICE industry."