The U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) is moving from its long-time home in Richmond, VA, to new offices in Kansas City, MO.

As part of the move, Benjamin Richey has been named the first executive director in the 109-year history of the organization.

As its top official, Richey faces the task of relocating the central office, expanding membership and coordinating the work and reports of some 33 committees.

In addition, he will also begin coordinating the program for the 2007 annual meeting in Reno, NV, which features an expanded trade show.

The 1,400-member USAHA has operated with just two staff members, relying on the volunteer efforts of individual members to organize and maintain committees, while holding down full-time jobs.

Richey is a graduate of Purdue University. Most recently, he worked at a Kansas City-based advertising agency. He was previously director of communications for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.